My congressman did finally respond...
"Thank you for contacting me with your concerns regarding the Copyright Royalty Board’s (CRB) decision that would substantially increase royalty rates. I apologize that the heavy volume of mail I have received has delayed my response, but I appreciate the opportunity to address your concerns.
Like you, I believe that Internet radio plays an integral role in our culture and must be protected. These stations provide a distinctive type of programming without commercial breaks and give many a forum for open public expression.
As you may know, earlier this year the CRB, an oversight body created by Congress to settle royalty disputes in the music business, issued a new, higher fee structure for Web music broadcasts. The ruling has prompted a largely negative response from Web-based and public radio station operators. This new fee structure could potential push many groups out of the market. I want you to know that I too share your concerns about this ruling.
You will be pleased to know that I am a cosponsor of the Internet Radio Equality Act (H.R. 2060). This legislation addresses the recent development with the Copyright Royalty Board by nullifying their ruling altogether for web casting and the rates for such digital performances.
The Internet Radio Equality Act was introduced by Congressman Jay Inslee of Washington and I am happy to say has widespread bipartisan support. It has been referred to both the House Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Please be assured that I will keep your views firmly in mind should I have the opportunity to vote on this legislation.
Thank you again for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to do so again on any matter of concern. You can also visit my website (http://www.house.gov/israel
) to learn more about the issues important to you.
Member of Congress "
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