Internet Radio Prepares for Day of Silence
Fri, 22 Jun 2007 11:42:18
Thousands of U.S.-based internet radio broadcasters are joining a "Day of Silence" protest on June 26 to raise awareness about a proposed performance royalty rate increase that threatens to silence them for good. The rate increase, which is scheduled to go into effect on July 15, will require all internet radio stations to pay per-song broadcasting fees up to 12 times higher than the current rates (traditional radio, by comparison, pays no performance royalties at all). To make matters worse, the new rates are retroactive to January 1, 2006. Many webcasters claim that they cannot afford such an increase and will be forced to shut down if it goes into effect.
Among the stations and websites participating in the protest are Yahoo!, MTV Online, Live365, Pandora.com and KCRW.com. Many stations plan to broadcast public service announcements explaining the rate increase to listeners and encouraging them to contact their representatives to help with the protest; other stations will literally broadcast silence or white noise.
For more information, visit SaveNetRadio.org.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff