goodbye to web and streaming radio

I'm flabbergasted. is there anything the RIAA won't go after?
goodbye to lastfm.com, pandora, and all the others.
I am so tired of the US Copyright office just taking whatever the RIAA feeds them and turn it into law

Radio Paradise is begging for help. No, this is not the usual "please make donations so we can continue to be free" kind of request that RP and other listener-supported radio stations make This time it's "please stop the US Copyright Office from killing us."

On March 1 of this year, the Board issued new rates and decided to base those rates on a "per play" computation scheme championed by (wait for it…) the RIAA. The computation itself is based off an assumption of mass audience and significant commercial revenue. If you're a big Clearchannel station the assumptions behind this new fee schedule make total sense.

However, if you're small/independent/not-for-profit or otherwise outside the big media mainstream, well, you're screwed. RAIN (Radio And Internet Newsletter) has a concise breakdown of the fee schedule, and agrees with RP's claim that the schedule amounts to over 100% of station revenues in a typical situation.

update 3/28/3007@0735:  please check this post by e to the c on the topic.  she provides more detailed infomation on how this legislation will surely shut down many streaming sites (such as hers), and contact information to protest it. 

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c’mon, when is the last time you boycotted something?

there is a movement to boycott the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). I'm down with that. the RIAA has been getting away with some outrageous behavior because of their armies of lawyers paid by us, the consumers. the RIAA's latest tactic has been to send letters to several universities  demanding, erm, *requesting* the names of students associated to an IP address suspected of file sharing. there is no comment from the RIAA as to what would happen to universities that decline to turn over their students to the RIAA lawyers.
so check out the RIAA radar, support your favorite independent musicians, go see them live, and don't give any money to the RIAA during the month of March or longer…
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the month of March Boycott the RIAA month. We want to get the word out to as many people as humanly possible that we can all send a message by refusing to buy any album put out by an RIAA label.

If you are unsure whether or not an album is put out by an RIAA label, the handy RIAA Radar will clear everything up for you. They have both a search engine and a great bookmarklet, so be sure to get yourself hooked up.

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