April 30, 2007
The future of Internet radio is in immediate danger. Royalty rates for webcasters have been drastically increased by a recent ruling by the Copyright Royalty Board and are due to go into effect on May 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!). That is why Highlander Radio has joined the Save Net Radio Coalition.
If the increased rates remain unchanged, the majority of webcasters will go bankrupt and silent on this date including Highlander Radio. The RIAA has managed to have the U.S. Government's Copyright arm rubber stamp their own agenda which is an assault on all American people by their own legal system. Thousands of independent stations like Celtic Radio will be wiped off the scene and a new age of Corporate only radio sites will replace the community and creativeness that you have all come to know and love.
It is now time for listeners, musicians and webcasters to come together and unite behind our cause. We take inspiration from the words of our founding fathers who wrote over 200 years ago:
“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
These words "We the People" means that government is for the people and by the people. If the people unite and speak with one voice then we can send a message that will forever change the landscape of digital media on the internet for a 100 years.
Highlander Radio needs your help! A glimpse of hope has appeared in the form of a bill just introduced in Congress that will save Internet Radio from the devastating royalty fee increases that will put thousands of Internet webcasters out of business on May 15th.
H.R. 2060, The Internet Radio Equality Act (PDF
) was introduced by Representatives Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Donald Manzullo (R-IL ) to save the Internet Radio Industry. Please call your congressperson to ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 2060 by clicking below.
Without your support, this station and thousands others like it will have their plugs pulled forever. Time is of the essence, we only have until May 15th to over-ride the RIAA endorsed Copyright Ruling. Unless this legislation is enacted, then Highlander Radio and many other independent webcasters will be shutdown forever......
We are therefore asking all members and listeners to please call their congressperson to support this bill. Our survival depends upon the success of this bill and every phone call will count toward the goal of enacting this legislation.