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Old 27th June 2007, 05:30   #220
wj38
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I think it is really bad that webcasting rates are gonna go up. because i was listening to shoutcast during their day of silence... and that was kinda a scary feeling to me. and what makes it really bad is the part of oklahoma i live in there are no jazz stations here in town that i can get on the radio. shoutcast is the only way i can get it..

i tried to call my senator but i couldn't get threw the lines where busy but i e-mailed them and here is what his office sent me as a response.... after reading what he said doesn't sound like he is gonna support it to me.


Dear WJ38,

Thank you for contacting me with your concerns regarding the decision by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) regarding the determination of rates and terms for webcasting. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to
respond.

On March 2, 2007 the CRB, a federal agency created by the United States

Congress, was tasked with updating royalty compensation rates for music performers which expired at the end of 2005. These updated and subsequently increased royalty fees are to be paid by Internet Radio stations for streaming
music during the years 2006-2010. The CRB's three-judge panel, created to set digital music royalty rates, decided to increase the rates retroactive to 2006 for companies that stream music over the Internet. The increase will apply
to small and large broadcasters alike, as well as Internet simulcasts of traditional over-the-air radio stations.

Currently, Internet broadcasters must pay royalties for the use of a song to music publishing organizations like the American Society of Composers,Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Media, Inc. (BMI) for the public
performance rights to the song itself. Additionally, they must also pay royalties that compensate the performers of the music. However, traditional over-the-air
broadcasters are only required to pay for the performance rights to a song. They are not required to pay royalties to performers. The CRB's decision to raise the music performer compensation royalties, which only Internet
broadcasters must pay, is creating what some perceive as an unfair imbalance in an environment where the ultimate goal should be an ability for Americans to have fair
access to music, while allowing those with legitimate intellectual propertyrights just compensation.

As a result of this decision, parity in radio rates has come in to focus and been addressed in Congressional hearings regarding the direction of the future of
radio. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I too am a proponent of innovation and share your belief that we should accelerate

technological advancement in a fair and balanced manner. As issues regarding the future of radio come before me, I will keep your thoughts in mind and continue to fight for technological progress, innovation, and fairness.It is an honor to serve you in Washington. If you would like more
information on this issue, or would like to share your thoughts with me via e-mail,you may visit my website at sullivan.house.gov. Please do not hesitate to
contact me again should you have further concerns on federal legislation or programs.
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