We interrupt this podcast for some political activism

SaveTheStreams banner 1 Two important issues have come up affecting internet music and I need to bring them to your attention.

The first is the threat to internet radio in the form of drastically increased royalty fees being imposed by the government. Even big media such as NPR, CBS Radio Online, Air America as well as services like Live 365 are threatened by this. The new fee schedules will make it unfeasible for small internet broadcasters to operate at all and force the large ones out of it by making it too expensive.

Click the banner above left to find out more about this and to contact your government officials to let them know your thoughts.


The other item is Bum Rush The Charts. It is an effort to make a statement on march 22nd as to the importance of new media and independent music by pushing one song, “Mine Again” by a band Black Lab to the top of the iTunes sales chart. For one day, everyone who wants to let the music industry know that independent music has clout can make a statement by buying that song.

The bulk of the proceeds from the sale of the song are being donated to scholarship funds.

Passion Leaves a Trace

“Mine Again” (mp3)
from “Passion Leaves a Trace”
by Black Lab
Blacklabworld.com

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5 Comments

  1. Music news and much more » We interrupt this podcast for some political activism said,

    March 20, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    [...] Original post by DocWu [...]

  2. Activist Scott said,

    March 20, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    What happens to an internet radio station if they don’t pay the fees?

    You might like the Activism Forums.

  3. Doc Wu said,

    March 20, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    I’ll check them out.

    Here’s another site about this: Save Our Internet Radio.

    Lots of good info, but especially, read the piece by Bill of Radio Paradise

  4. brokenengine said,

    March 20, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    Someone on a podcast asked me what I thought of this, and I told them to pay the fee to incorporate your podcast as a business. And then, don’t pay. When the bill finally gets high enough, declare that business bankrupt, thereby freeing you of any debt associated with that business. yes the stupid law against the man.

  5. Doc Wu said,

    April 6, 2007 at 1:56 am

    Just to be clear, the CRB fees apply to streaming internet radio, not podcasts. Podcasts are treated entirely another way. They have to negotiate performance rights for each song individually, which is why I work directly with the artists.

    Some musician posted this in a forum over at .Radio Paradise:

    I am sad to see such a burden placed on small, independantly owned and run stations like RP as often they are the ones who inspire us go out an buy a new CD, or download a tune onto our iPod, etc. However, for every one who is following the rules and reporting, how many are not? And I read somewhere that the internet giants like Yahoo and AOL are hiding behind smaller companies saying that they cannot afford this increase. As a musician myself, I depend on these royalties as part of the compensation for using the copyrighted product that I was a part of creating. Although I don’t want to see small stations who follow the rules go out of business, I don’t want to be losing money because someone else says they can’t pay (obviously aimed at the “big boys”).

    Which way does he want it? Right now, Radio Paradise, if it plays his music, is probably a better promotion tool than terrestrial radio ever was. Every song they play has a link that a listener can click to buy the CD at Amazon.com. How many FM radio stations can say that?

    The royalties won’t be collected, because they put the webcaster out of business, and then the sales revenue will stop as well. If he doesn’t want to be ‘losing money’ he’d better think again about what really puts it in his pocket. If he’s not getting enough from CD sales, blame the record company, not the webcasters. Just because he’s getting screwed on his contract doesn’t mean to take it out on someone who is promoting his music and not charging him a cent to do it.