Web radio is a valuable asset to the internet. Some changes are in the air that could take that asset away.
Tim Westergren of Pandora has been blogging about the absolutely ridiculous ruling by the US Copyright Royalty Board which will effectively kill off Internet radio if left unchanged. Man, where do they find the stupid muppets who make these idiot decisions? Do we feel strongly about this? You bet. And so should everyone who cherishes the Internet. Do not sit still – please complain, petition and fight to get this ruling overturned.
The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has recently released a revised fee schedule for internet radio. Left unchanged, these rates will end internet radio, period. The RIAA has effectively convinced this federal committee to establish rates that make online radio a non-viable business. It’s an utterly ridiculous ruling that renders any form of internet radio non-economic. We are continuing in the belief that sanity will return as everyone involved, including the 50 million avid online radio listeners, realize just how outrageous this is.