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The Death of Internet Radio

Saturday, June 30, 2007

pirate_sm_0.gifI’m probably a little bit late in writing this, but today a lot of internet radio stations shut down for the day to bring awareness to the new rates the RIAA are trying to force on them.

So today is a day of silence for 100s of thousands of internet radio stations including Live365, Pandora, AOL, and Yahoo Launchcast.  Some stations are airing conferences and debates about these issues instead of going completely silent.

I don’t remember the exact numbers, but basically the RIAA want internet radio stations to pay royalties per track played per person.  So if there’s 100 people listening for an hour to about a total of 20 songs; that counts as 2000 songs the RIAA thinks we owe them.

Satellite and normal radio stations don’t have to pay fees like this.   At least not this extreme.  Some big execs are just afraid of the internet.  They think people will/are recording internet radio streams and saving them to their harddrive.   I’m sure there are a lot of people who do this; most don’t.   What’s going to happen is that more and more people start illegally downloading music because they can’t listen to it free through their favorite internet radio station anymore.

Most small [and law abiding] internet radio stations will simply shut completely down when this comes to pass. There’s no way they’ll make enough revenue to cover the new royalty rates.  It’s estimated that royalty fees eat up about 26% of the income of major internet radio stations like yahoo and aol while with the new rates that will jump up to at least 52%.

Free internet radio stations have no chance of surviving unless they implement a lot more advertising or switch to a paysite altogether.

The sh17radio’s been down for a while anyway, but hopefully I’ll find a server somewhere out of the country that can broadcast it without breaking laws.

If you want to help out [which you do.  or else you’re a dirty bastard] head over to the Save Net Radio Coalition and get the number for your local representatives and “persuade” them to adopt the Internet Radio Equality Act bill.

And check out the myths and facts page to clear some other things up.

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posted by johntash at 8:15 pm  

2 Comments

  1. i was extra late on posting this. it was actually like june 25th

    Comment by johntash — June 30, 2007 @ 8:18 pm

  2. Elitest Pig Dog – Look the people are actually enjoying themselves learning, enjoying music, acting free and turning against the slave pen we’ve made for them.

    Elitest Pig Dog 2 – Well then well just manipulate the laws again to show them there our slaves once again.

    Elitest Pig Dog – Good Idea, lets start with the music we own that right?

    Elitest Pig Dog 2 – Oh, yeah all of it and we can only let them have the brain washing stuff for free. Nothing like 12 year old girls singing britney spears.

    Elitest Pig Dog – Oh I just love that we’ll restructure it to play all day on the stations we take over.

    Elitest Pig Dog 2 – This should make it easier then to go after talk radio right? and videos on google like money masters? Cause we cant have the truth told to the slaves, i mean when i want a sandwich I don’t wanna have to wait or make it myself you know what I’m saying.

    Elitest Pig Dog – I know just where your coming from, I had to wait 2 min. once it was hell, I think my stomach actually growled. Oh yeah and it’s all just domino’s we get this the rest will fall, there stupid and cant stand up for anything. We’ll just start another american idol up so they will watch that and we’ll move in.

    Elitest Pig Dog – so then its agreed music first.

    Elitest Pig Dog 2 – Aye, to the law system we created to further enslave!

    Elitest Pig Dog – Tally HO! To the racketeering Mobile!

    Comment by Elitest Pig Dog — July 3, 2007 @ 10:11 am

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