American Culture

Hope for Internet radio?

Here’s some maybe good news: Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) and eight co-sponsors have introduced the Internet Radio Equality Act, which has several major provisions:

  • Nullifies the recent decision of the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) judges.
  • Changes the Internet royalty rate-setting standard so that it’s the same as the one that applies to satellite radio royalty arbitrations.
  • Instructs future CRBs that the minimum annual royalty per service may be set no higher than $500.
  • Establishes a “transitional” royalty rate.
  • Expands the Copyright Act’s Section 118 musical work license for noncommercial webcasters.
  • For future CRBs, adds three new reports in the CRB process. (Full details here.)

As noted last week, the CRB ruling effectively ends Net radio if it’s allowed to stand, and that’s an outcome that benefits the RIAA, the major labels, the whores at Clear Channel, and precisely nobody else. It’s bad for all artists and represents a terribly regressive proposition for the public and our cultural landscape.The Net broadcasters aren’t trying to shirk their responsibility to compensate artists, they just need the rate to fair so they can stay on the air.

Let’s get behind this one, people.

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  1. Amen to this. I’ll send a note of support to Inslee – and he isn’t my congressman – and a note of warning to the robot who is my congressman.

    And as for Clear Channel’s and RIAA’s lapdogs the CRB, may their robot masters be voted out and humans rule again.

  2. If this internet equility bill doesn’t pass my faith, what is
    left of it will be gone. We are seriously living in a day where
    bills are just signed without even reading them over, where
    corporations and lobbyist are running our country, and
    the people are meaning less and less…