Save Internet Radio

Yet more fallout from the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (“DMCA”): The Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (appropriately acronymed “CARP”) is recommending some ridiculous formula for calculating royalties, which effectively comes out to something in the neighborhood of 200 percent of average revenuse out there. Obviously this would kill the whole thing.

It would be an incredible shame to lose such a valuable resource of music and information. I for one love listening to the wide varieties things that you just can’t find in traditional media sources, and the wealth and variety of broadcasts out there is just amazing to me. At this moment I see ten classical broadcasters out there, 25 jazz streams, and 20 under the “international” heading in iTunes. Where I live, the traditional radio broadcast quality sucks, there is only one station that claims to be classical, and it sucks too.

Why not just charge an appropriate royalty that is porportional to station revenues, so that some of these little guys can still keep alive and we can all enjoy a good thing? It seems to me that it would be in the best interests of the record labels to keep these guys in business in a way that they could thrive and grow, and generate revenue as the medium expands to the mainstream. If this medium dies, we all lose.

Check out these links for more information:
Save Internet Radio Website: How you can help!
SHOUTcast – extensive listings of broadcasters you can tune in to right now
Apple iTunes Internet Radio Demonstration