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Money Grubbing scum taking away online radio

Filed under: Guitar-Antics,Music News — rat April 28, 2007 @ 10:59 pm

The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) recently denied webcasters’ requests for a rehearing on its ruling of unfairly high new royalty rates — a stunning 300 to 1200 percent increase — for Internet radio for period 2006-2010.

Internet radio is singled out from all other radio, burdened with fees not paid by AM or FM stations, and at rates at least 3-4 times paid by satellite and cable radio. The ruling even included absurd minimum of $500 per station per year to penalize the smallest webcasters with the highest rates.

Should this ruling stand, many of your favorite stations will be silenced. You will find Live365′s 260 genres reduced to the same meager, homogenized list carried on AM/FM radio, because the unfair rates would drive webcasters in niche genres with unique content unavailable elsewhere out of business.

You can, however, help protect your favorite tunes of your favorite DJs from being silenced.

The Internet Radio Equality Act (HR 2060)

has been introduced in Congress by Representative Jay Inslee (D-WA). A simple phone call to your Representative to ask for their support on this Bill will go a long way toward ensuring your right to diversity and choice in radio. Better yet, please also write and fax to show how serious you are. They need to know how much your music means to you.

Click here for the number of your Rrepresentative !

Help Save Internet Radio !

Filed under: Guitar-Antics,Music News,RAT's Personal Blog ! — rat April 24, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

The future of Internet radio is in immediate danger. The Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC has more than tripled the royalty rates for webcasters and left unchanged they will kill Internet radio. These exorbitant rates go into effect on May 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!). Without Congressional action the majority of webcasters will go bankrupt and silent on this date. We need your help. Please take a moment to send a letter to your member of Congress to keep Net radio from being silenced.

Go here to find ways to help: http://www.savenetradio.org/index.html

Sanjaya voted off American Idol

Filed under: Uncategorized — rat April 19, 2007 @ 9:44 pm

Thank goodness I say ! Sanjaya Malakar said Wednesday he did it his way on “American Idol” and he’ll take the same approach to a career that he hopes will encompass music, acting, modeling and whatever else comes his way. I personally see no future for him as a singer but do think that modeling would be a good choice for him.

sanjaya

I personally hope that Jordin Sparks wins as she is the most talented of them all at thisĀ  point.

jordin