Come next week, it's about to go bye-bye... unless this can be stopped by listeners like us. This means no more RenRadio, no more Pandora, or any other internet radio that YOU might listen to instead of the "radio" to obtain music not played on regular air stations.
This is an email I received as a Pandora listener:
Hi, it's Tim one more time...
Disaster looms! Yesterday a federal court denied a plea to delay the massive increase in rates webcasters must pay the record labels. This means that, absent immediate Congressional action, the new ruinous royalty rates will be going into effect on Monday threatening the future of all internet radio.
This is a very dire situation and I'm writing to ask one more time for your support. The effort you've made over the past four months has been extraordinary and has forced the rapid introduction of the bill, but the committee process has been sluggish and we need to once again remind the representatives of the urgency of this issue. This is perhaps the most important phone call you can make for us.
Please call your Congressional representatives in the Senate and ask them to force immediate action on the Internet Radio Equality Act and bring the bill to a vote. It is critical that their phones begin ringing off the hook starting early in the morning. If it's busy, please try again later.
Senator John Cornyn: (202) 224-2934
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison: (202) 224-5922
I'm sorry that we have to keep asking you for this - but it's our only recourse. We are no match for the legal and legislative strength of the RIAA and we need your help.
Thank you again.
Why is this happening? In a nutshell, it is because it has been determined that Internet radio needs "copyright fees", which are SO astromonically high, more small guys (like Renradio!) can't afford to pay these stupid fees. So, take it without your Vaseline, folks... YOU no longer have a choice.
And before we talk about all the "illegal sharing" of music, keep in mind that many of these stations are gifted with their music. Meaning... Renradio is run by music given to him to play on the Internet. Given to him BY the musician.... SO, because the big business isn't getting a piece of that pie, they want it now... to the detriment of both the artists, musicians and the little people who have the capacity to share that music.