Please keep Internet radio alive!

To my Congressional representatives (and to Congress as a whole) -- As a fan of Internet radio, I was alarmed to learn that music royalty rates were recently determined by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) which, if enacted, would certainly silence most or all of my favorite online listening services. (For most webcasters, this new royalty rate represents more than 100% of their total revenues!) The closure of these Internet radio stations would be a loss for not only independent business owners, but also for musical artists, for copyright owners, and for listeners like me who enjoy the wide variety of choices available via Internet radio. I respectfully request that Congress look into this matter and initiate action to prevent it. As the CRB rate decision is retroactive to January 1, 2006, please understand that time is of the essence -- as the immediate impact of this decision could silence many or most free Internet radio stations forever.

Sponsor

This petition is sponsored by Save the Streams -- http://www.savethestreams.org -- a coalition of Internet radio stations and listeners

Links

This page at Congress.org -- http://capwiz.com/congressorg/sbx/f/aid=9461656&r=1 -- will let you send the text of this petition as an e-mail to your Congressional representatives, then look up their addresses and phone numbers to follow up RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter -- http://www.kurthanson.com -- for the latest industry news and commentary SaveTheStreams.org -- http://www.savethestreams.org -- has news and information on this crisis... plus tools to help you protest the potential shutdown of Internet radio (COMING SOON) SaveYourInternetRadio.com -- http://www.saveourinternetradio.com -- a fan-created blog and forum, featuring an essay by Bill Goldsmith ========================= WEBCASTERS supporting this petition include... AccuRadio.com -- http://www.accuradio.com Club 977 -- http://www.club977.com Digitally Imported -- http://www.di.fm MVY Radio -- http://www.mvyradio.com Radioio -- http://www.radioio.com Radio Paradise -- http://www.radioparadise.com 3WK -- http://www.3wk.com Ultimate 80s -- http://www.ultimate80s.com

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    Rob , Australia

    10 months ago ZIP code (to help identify your Congress district): 2289
    Optional: Thanks to Internet radio, have your CD (or music download) purchases (1) gone up, (2) stayed the same, or (3) gone down: Gone up
    Optional: Do you feel that the existence of Internet radio helps or hurts the music industry ==================: It help the music industry,because if people can listen to the radio they like, then people are less likley to steal music online!
    Optional: Other comments ==================: I love to ski and living in Newcastle all that keeps me sane is listening to this station and hearing about what's going on at the snow
    Optional: Your favorite Internet radio station(s): Snow fm
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    Anton Bladell, Australia

    10 months ago ZIP code (to help identify your Congress district): 2615
    Optional: Thanks to Internet radio, have your CD (or music download) purchases (1) gone up, (2) stayed the same, or (3) gone down: Gone down
    Optional: Do you feel that the existence of Internet radio helps or hurts the music industry ==================: helps the industry, you are able to listen to more music and if you like what you hear you can buy what you like
    Optional: Other comments ==================: -
    Optional: Your favorite Internet radio station(s): 106.3 and 104.7
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    Pamela Innes, United States

    1 year ago ZIP code (to help identify your Congress district): 30318
    Optional: Thanks to Internet radio, have your CD (or music download) purchases (1) gone up, (2) stayed the same, or (3) gone down: Gone up
    Optional: Do you feel that the existence of Internet radio helps or hurts the music industry ==================: Internet radio helps the music industry
    Optional: Other comments ==================: -
    Optional: Your favorite Internet radio station(s): Live365.com
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