Monday, June 25, 2007

Internet Radio Day of Silence; Tuesday, June 26th

ADDENDUM 6/27/07: Click here for some updated coverage at RAIN on yesterday's Day of Silence.

A brief pause in my usual nonsense, if I may.

Although I take great pride in my blog's customary lack of 'important' issue-based content, I feel the need to make an exception in this case.

The future of internet radio is important to me. I feel it's important to everyone, whether they're aware of it or not.

I urge you to please take a moment to educate yourself about tomorrow's 'Internet Radio Day of Silence', and be aware of the issues at hand.

Please take a look at the information below, and/or click on that link for more information.

Thanks, I appreciate it.


"In response to an impending royalty rate increase that, if implemented, would lead to the virtual shutdown of Internet radio in the U.S., thousands of webcasters plan to go silent next Tuesday, June 26, to draw attention to their industry's plight.

This "Day of Silence" is an encore of a successful media event that small webcasters organized on May 1, 2002 in response to a similar royalty rate ruling from a Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP) five years ago. That event garnered national attention and was subsequently followed by a rate cut by the Librarian of Congress and the passage of the Small Webcaster Settlement Act for the period 1998-2005.

Webcasters will be alerting their listeners that "silence" is what Internet radio may sound like on or shortly after July 15th, the day on which 17 months' worth of retroactive royalty increase payments are due to the SoundExchange collection organization under the terms of a recent Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) decision."

(via RAIN: The Radio and Internet Newsletter, via Bedazzled and many others)

- - Below are SOME HELPFUL STATISTICS about the the royalty rate increases and how they affect you.

>The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) decision increases the royalties that Internet webcasters pay to play music by nearly 300% for the biggest webcasters and up to 1200% for small webcasters.

>The CRB rates are retroactive to January 1, 2006 and payable on July 15, 2007. This decision could bankrupt many Internet radio services immediately on that date, even if it is effective for only one day.

>Past due royalties alone will be enough to bankrupt virtually all small and mid-sized webcasters, many of whom are the hallmarks of programming diversity.

>The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) reports that less than 10% of terrestrial radio performances are independent music but more than 37% of non-terrestrial radio is independent music.

>According to Arbitron and Bridge Ratings, between 50 and 70 million Americans listen to internet radio a month.
Bridge Ratings & Research estimates that the Internet radio audience will double by 2010 and grow to nearly 200 million monthly listeners by 2020.

>Internet radio listeners are 20% more likely to have purchased downloadable music than the average American. (Arbitron)


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