navneeth wrote:And before Bach's Lunch we'd hear O Canada?
No! Only by request.
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Catmando wrote:navneeth wrote:And before Bach's Lunch we'd hear O Canada?
No! Only by request.
Thank you for contacting me regarding the Copyright Royalty Board’s rate increase decision and its effect on small webcasters. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this issue.
The royalty rate for webcasters has proven to be a controversial subject, with small webcasters hoping to become viable, competitive alternatives to large commercial radio stations. As you point out, many of these small webcasters offer a variety of music unavailable to a wide audience through other sources.
Regulations set by the enactment of the Small Webcasters Settlement Act of 2002, which favored small webcasters, recently expired and the regulations had to be revisited. As you know, in March, 2007, the Copyright Royalty Board issued its decision, which establishes new rates for commercial and noncommercial webcasters. The Board considered the comments of small commercial webcasters, who sought continuation of a fee based solely according to revenue. Ultimately, the Board rejected this benefit for small webcasters, opting instead for a flat-rate fee and a per song per listener basis. When making this decision, the Board cited the difficulty of distinguishing small and large commercial webcasters, as well as their own lack of statutory authority to carve out royalty rate niches for the emergent business models promoted by small commercial webcasters.
The Board’s decision can be revised through legislative action, and it is likely that the Senate will examine this issue. I will certainly keep your thoughts in mind when it does.
Again, thank you for raising this issue with me. Please stay in touch.
United States Senator
Thank you for contacting me regarding the decision by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) regarding internet radio royalty fees. I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.
As you may know, the CRB is an oversight body within the Library of Congress charged by the Congress to settle royalty disputes in the music business. On March 5, 2007, the CRB issued a revised fee structure that would raise royalty payments for internet radio stations. Since the CRB first ruled on this issue in 2002, rates for a copyrighted performance were set at 0.07 cents per use or a total flat fee of $500 a month. Under the revised pricing structure, however, rates will soon rise to 0.08 cents per performance and be phased up to 0.19 cents per performance by 2010. As internet radio has blossomed in the past few years, listenership and thus the licensed rights being used have increased. CRB therefore felt it appropriate that the internet radio industry pay a larger and direct percentage in proportion to this increased usage.
I am concerned about the potentially devastating effect these fee hikes could pose to this fledgling industry. Internet radio offers vast choices and options to consumers in Northern Virginia and around the world. On the other hand, this industry is growing by leaps and bounds and it is their duty to provide just payment to those artists that appear on their channels.
I am hopeful that as the appeals process continues a fair and reasonable amount of compensation can be agreed upon by all parties involved. My constituents benefit greatly from this unique service, and it would be a shame to burden this new and exciting industry before it has the chance to make its mark. Please be assured that I will continue to monitor this situation as it unfolds.
Again, thank you again for contacting me. Please continue to keep me informed of issues of importance to you.
Member of Congress
navneeth wrote:Internet radio gets two more months.
navneeth wrote:I'm afraid I don't know of a way for non-US residents to influece US congressmen on this issue, not yet at least. Being non-tax payers, do you think they would consider our requests seriously?
jamiebk wrote:You could just do what everybody else does....just pay them off with bribes
I wanted to drop you a note to let you know I received your
message regarding H.R. 2060, the Internet Radio Equity Act.
I appreciate you contacting my office regarding this issue and
thank you for sharing your concerns with me. As you may know,
the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) was created by Congress to
settle royalty disputes in the music business and has issued a new,
higher fee structure for Web music broadcasts. I want you to know
I have concerns with the impact of this high rate on many of our
H.R. 2060 would nullify the CRB decision to increase rates. This
legislation has been referred to the House Judiciary and Energy
and Commerce Committees. Be assured I will continue to monitor
this issue closely with your views in mind.
If I can be of further assistance in the future, please do not hesitate
to contact me.
Jerry F. Costello
Member of Congress
navneeth wrote:jamiebk wrote:You could just do what everybody else does....just pay them off with bribes
I guess the radio stations would rather pay the royalties than doing that.
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