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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » Blacking Out Internet Radio Mafia Style
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Many of our loyal readers are aware of the infant, yet massively growing Internet Radio media. According to Nielsen media research approximately 70 million Americans listen to internet radio monthly. Internet Radio provides a choice not available to many, as it’s free, generally without the mind numbing commercial advertising and the literally thousands of stations streaming provide an incredibly varied selection of music to every type of music one could ask for.

More recently many of our LCs enjoyed pure talk-radio, with the Emperor, myself and BC on the Wide Awakes Radio (WAR) network, currently on hiatus. LC Country-Red (my much prettier half) and I continue broadcasting on RadioCIA offering Country-Western, Bluegrass, Gospel, Christian Messages and of course, my Rottifically slashing rants on the Tuesday Truth Show. Additionally we are fully committed to broadcasting new independent artists, that are otherwise incapable of getting exposure on-air through the large commercial stations. We have enjoyed a huge increase in listener hours and consistently place in the Top 10 listings (a dynamic, continuous, real-time rating system). Regardless of our success, we’ve remained non-profit, non-commercial and continue to pay all expenses out of pocket.

Legal internet radio stations, such as RadioCIA are licensed to stream their music content via fees paid to the streaming host server companies they contract with. A reasonable agreement regarding streaming audio was arbitrated by congress, via creation of the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB). Subsequently to this, quite a bit of legal wrangling permitted small and non-profit internet broadcasters, such as RadioCIA to negotiate a reasonable fee for their royalties. Consequently an act of congress, the Small Broadcaster Settlement Act ensured a continued, reasonable fee structure for the infant media broadcasters, however it expired on January 1, 2006.

That fee we believe, was entirely fair and beneficial to all parties involved as well as allowing an individual to set-up and operate their own stations providing a fantastic public service, that truly was a voice of the people, unlike the irretrievably biased and taxpayer funded Corporation for Pubic Broadcasting and NPR. It’s interesting to note, that terrestrial based radio has NEVER paid even these fees. It was recognized very early in radio, that broadcasting was of benefit to the artists, their recording labels, the stations and the public by increasing recording sales.

Following the expiration of the act, the RIAA and a new player SoundExchange launched a successful litigation before the CRB, resulting in a ruling that the internet broadcasters would now pay a monstrous fee structure, retroactive to 1/1/2006. This egregious ruling would slam internet broadcasters with fees similar to that paid by music download services along with retroactive fees to January 2006. The actual fees for a successful station like RadioCIA would increase by 2000%/month along with a one-time retroactive charge. Furthermore, the monthly fees would escalate for a period of years to even more stratospheric rates. The net effect of this mafia-like extortion would be to immediately shut-down all but the largest, corporate streaming stations. The majority of these being the larger terrestrial broadcasters currently streaming their content. Again of note, is the terrestrial portion of their broadcasting does not entail any of these royalties, remaining status quo.

We all lose in this nefarious, greedy move. “We the people” will lose real choice in our available choice of music entertainment, independent artist will lose virtually all their current exposure offered by the small internet-based broadcasters.

We need help to get this death-knell ruling reversed. A small, underfunded coalition of broadcasters has thus far failed for relief before the CRB. However, a bi-partisan bill has been introduced in Congress, H.R. 2060- “The Internet Radio Equality Act”. This act would reverse the CRB ruling and allow us to continue broadcasting and serving the public with programming not available via any other means.

We need support from all to contact their elected representatives in DC to push this bill through the legislature, otherwise Internet Radio will go silent on May 15.

Please visit the SaveNetRadio website for additional information on saving another valuable choice for everyone.

We can’t allow any infringement on our use of the internet, period. I can see this ballooning beyond just audio content streaming into an even juicier target of the ‘net in general.

Thanks- JB

8 Responses to “Blacking Out Internet Radio Mafia Style”
  1. Unregistered Pingback by Cigar Intelligence Agency » Blog Archive » Down to the wire for Internet Radio

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    […] an extensive article on this here, but seeing as how Jackboot has covered it so admirably over at The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, I’ll just direct you there […]

  2. Imperial Tobacconist LC&IB M Comment by Imperial Tobacconist LC&IB M

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    First, BTW…

  3. Beth* A. Comment by Beth* A.

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    Done, JB.

    Hope it helps.

  4. SoCalOilMan, LC Comment by SoCalOilMan, LC

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    Maybe Deej can clear up this bad memory of mine, but back when net broadcasting was first starting out a lot of commercial stations were running their programs as a simulcast over the net. All of a sudden they just disappeared. When you clicked the “Listen Live” button you got a page that said that due to Union contracts there was a temporary delay in continuing the feed.

    My understanding was the Union wanted an engineer to re-engineer the signal before it went out over the net. A creative way to create a position for someone who can’t be trusted to touch a dial, but belongs to the Union and needs a job.

    “Just sit and watch the meters, just don’t touch anything, and don’t screw with the feed because that’s IT’s department.”

  5. maxxdog Comment by maxxdog

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    The critter has been notified!

  6. Lc Scott Comment by Lc Scott

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    Done Sir, Hope it helps.

  7. Unregistered Comment by Sir George

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    SoCalOilMan, I think that union dispute concerned the commercials. When your voice is used in a commercial you get some small amount each time it gets played, and there was a dispute about how to pay the talent when a commercial was played over the Internet. Obviously you shouldn’t get the same money for a single click as you would for running during an episode of Seinfeld, but I think the way the original agreement was worded they would.

  8. SoCalOilMan, LC Comment by SoCalOilMan, LC

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    and there was a dispute about how to pay the talent when a commercial was played over the Internet.

    Back then they didn’t play commercials, it was just dead air with a cycle of “we will resume our simulcast shortly”. Most disconcerting with the instability of things back then (they’re much better now :lol_tb: )you constantly wondered if the feed had dropped or not.