What the $#@* is wrong with the RIAA?


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...and the US Copyright Royalty Board, and Soundexchange.com. I mean seriously.

Last Friday, CRB announced the new royalty rates for webcasters and Internet radio that will likely put many of them under. The new rates are significantly higher than before and are effective retroactively from 2006 to 2010. If you do some crude math, it works out to about 1.2 cents per listener per hour ($9/listener/month). This puts them at a significant disadvantage to subscription models like XM and Sirius. On top of that, by 2010 the price will be 3 cents per listener per hour.

Like I've said before, we're huge fans of Radio Paradise (a popular indie, classic rock) Internet radio station, who have said that their royalties payments will now be 125% of their revenues. They are facing their demise because of this ruling. Read a powerful blog post from Bill Goldsmith, a founder and DJ at Radio Paradise.

What the hell is wrong with these organizations? Why do they want to make life suck?
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This seems like a huge injustice. Who are they really hurting? If their argument is that because it's a digital medium, people can record from it I'm calling BS on that. People can record regular radio and they don't seem to be having any copyright issues. I think people listen to analog radio in the same way they listen to digital radio, and if the RIAA disagrees with me, then they're going to come up with some hard evidence to prove that wrong. Where's the proof? Where are they getting their information from?
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The basis for their legal case lies in the distinction between analog and digital broadcasts. Basically, they say that digital radio is different than typical AM/FM because listeners can download and copy the content, thus eliminating the need to buy the CD. THAT IS CRAP. Digital radio and Analog radio are just radio. No one I know does that. Who records the radio? On top of that, you can record FM radio if you like, too.
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I f'n hate money-mongerers!!!!!  I entirely agree and empathize with Bill Goldsmith when he says, "I have been in love with radio all of my life, and spent 30-odd years dealing with the conflict between my vision of radio as an art form and my FM-station employers’ vision of radio as a conduit for advertising. I have watched the medium that I love turn from an essential part of the process of connecting those who love making music with those whose lives are touched by it into a mindless background hum of advertising and disposable musical sludge. "   I don't listen to FM radio at all anymore...I have XFM in my vehicle, and I still listen to tapes as well.

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When I was younger I used to tape songs off of the radio...particularly from the American Top 40 with Casey Casum.  I have never even considered taping a digital radio feed...why bother when you can download songs so easily from other sources like Limewire.

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The future we are all facing is Clear Channel ubiquity. Annoying morning banter between a 30-something guy named Rick and a woman named Mel. 3 minutes of James Blunt, cut to 4 mins of the most annoying adverts you've ever heard, back to the banter, phone in contest, red hot chili peppers, commercials, banter, commercial promoting banter, banter, commercials, pussy cat dolls, bwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhh! (barfing sound)

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My question is, what are the legal implications of international radio. That is, allofmp3 still sells and transfers music to people living all over the world. If the same radio restrictions don't exist in other countries, then it's a matter of hosting the servers in a different country and working around the legal system. I don't support this in some areas, but when it comes to pure greed situations like this, then yes I support using the Internets to bypass the insanity and reach a reasonable solution.

Hopefully Canada sees a big influx of up and coming radio DJs, we'll instantly become the coolest country in the world! Ok, maybe not as cool as Japan, but close.

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