27 April 2007

The Internet Radio Equality Act

"Congress has gotten involved in the ongoing fight to raise royalty rates for Internet broadcasters. Congressmen Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Don Manzullo (R-IL) have introduced the Internet Radio Equality Act, in an attempt to stop the Copyright Royalty Board's decision to increase the rates. The legislation is said to 'modernize' the copyright rules, putting royalties paid by public broadcasters of 'sound recordings'" under the same system as 'musical works.'

"Organizations who have been fighting the CRB decision have reacted favorably to the bill. Andi Sporkin of NPR says, 'This bill asks Congress to reinforce its historic acknowledgement that public broadcasting has a place in the media landscape by modernizing section 118 of the Copyright Act for the 21st century....'"

-- FMQB, Radio Industry News article April 26, 2007

Please Ask Your Congressional Reps to Co-Sponsor H.R. 2060, The Internet Radio Equality Act

Call Your Congressional Representative :15 Sec PSA (mp3)

SaveNetRadio.org for more information

more articles:

- Lawmakers Propose Reversal Of Net Radio Fee Hikes
CNet, also on NYTimes.com, April 26

- Congress's Attempt to Save Internet Radio
USNewswire (Via Yahoo News), April 26

- Congress May Loosen Noose On Internet Radio
The Register, April 27

- Net Radio Update
USA Today Tech Space, April 27


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