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