Internet radio broadcasters are soon to be hit with a huge royalty increase for every song they play, to the tune of a 270% increase, according to a post on Read/WriteWeb. In protest, a lot of internet radio broadcasters staged a day of silence on Tuesday. Listeners tuned into silence.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t listen to Internet radio a whole lot, but I do tune in from time to time for some background music and I’ve been known to surf the web in search of distance news stations. Although I’m not a rabid listener of Internet radio, I feel this idiocy has to stop. Internet radio broadcasters are being unfairly treated compared to their satellite radio counterparts, who pay royalties based on a percentage of revenue rate. If this moronic rate hike goes into effect on July 15, expect a huge exodus of available stations.
Jeez, the only difference between a satellite broadcaster and a web based one is a cable.
This is stupid, stupid, stupid!
Please, go to SaveNetRadio.org, get informed and take action!
OK, rant over…for now.
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