Old 1st June 2007, 04:35   #1
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Ok...what the...????

I am coming back to shoutcast and now my friends are saying that shoutcast is going to be charging users now. So I was googling it and came across this...

Source: http://www.savenetradio.org/press_ro...-rejection.pdf

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WASHINGTON, D.C. In response to SoundExchange’s announcement today
that it plans to offer those they designate as “small webcasters” an extension of current
royalty rates through 2010, SaveNetRadio has released the following statement:
“The proposal made by SoundExchange today would throw “large webcasters”
under the bus and end any “small” webcaster’s hopes of one day becoming big,”
SaveNetRadio spokesperson Jake Ward said. “Under government-set revenue caps,
webcasters will invest less, innovate less and promote less. Under this proposal, Internet
radio would become a lousy long-term business, unable to compete effectively against
big broadcast and big satellite radio – artists, webcasters, and listeners be damned.”
“Labeling webcasters small or large is a distinction without a difference,”
continued Ward. “Two of the most prominent webcasters, Pandora.com and Live365 are
models of industry success but would be bankrupted by the CRB and by the
SoundExchange proposals. Pandora employs 100 people in an enterprise zone in
Oakland, California, but its popularity would put it out of business. Similarly, Live365,
an aggregate webcaster that provides a platform for more than 10,000 individual
webcasters, has a staff of fewer than 40. Though clearly small as a business, Live365’s
enormous importance and scope among webcasters would force them to shut down.”
By broadcast radio standards, even the largest webcasters (i.e., the Internet radio
divisions of Yahoo! and AOL) are small broadcasters. (A few years ago, broadcast
groups that didn't even make the list of the 40 largest radio companies -- Fisher, Service
B'casting, Arso Radio, Curtis Media, Mid-West Family, Hubbard, etc. -- all had annual
revenues of over $20 million, making them larger than the largest webcaster.)
The revenue caps SoundExchange is proposing are an extension of those put in
place during the 2000-05 period which created an insurmountable barrier to growth for
small webcasters. This revenue cap has had the perverse and unintended consequence of
forcing thousands of webcasters to stay small if they want to stay alive, thereby
weakening the industry – the very opposite of Congress’ intention.
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Old 1st June 2007, 07:24   #2
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shoutcast is not going to be charging users.

however the US Licensing laws are about to change and people are working on a resolution.

whether or not there will be one is another story.
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Old 1st June 2007, 16:20   #3
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You have always needed to pay the licensing for the music that you use, but most people can't be bothered to understand this and just stream music illegally.

Your mileage may vary!
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Old 1st June 2007, 16:49   #4
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well I am licensed to stream for a fan club and I believe there is a law for that...but I was licensed to stream for xm radio but they removed me for posting Don Imus's remarks...go figure lmao
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Old 1st June 2007, 22:35   #5
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if you have a public radio you should have a public license if you neant to be legal.
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