Friday, May 18, 2007
“To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.” Aaron Copland
OK let's say that you have been reading the posts here and following the links. You then must have sampled some of the free music or listened to radio on the Internet. I take advantage of the sites all the time and really enjoy them. So what is the issue? Well there is a new law that raises the royalty rate for Internet radio. It is a very large increase indeed that is not passed on to terrestrial radio. This will put the small Internet radio sites out of business. Now I am not trying to sway you one way or another on this debate but as usual my main function here is to inform. So you can head on to Savenetradio.org to read their stance on this subject. If you decide that this is a worthy cause then there are links that you can use to help out. For the other side of the debate click the SoundExchange.com site. They were part of the RIAA and were spun off to become an independent site as of 2003. This is an int resting issue if you listen to music. Even stations like NPR will be affected. There is a current bill in congress to lessen some of these payments. No matter what side you are on stay informed and give them a try.