Internet radio goes quiet tomorrow

Posted on Monday, Jun 25 2007 @ 12:02 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
This Tuesday, June 26th, thousands of U.S. webradios will go silent to protest against an impending royalty rate increase that may put the Internet radio industry out of business.
. In March, the Copyright Royalty Board announced that it would raise royalties for Internet broadcasters, moving them from a per-song rate to a per-listener rate. The increase would be made retroactive to the beginning of 2006 and would double over the next five years. Internet radio sites would be charged per performance of a song. A "performance" is defined as the streaming of one song to one listener; thus a station that has an average audience of 500 listeners racks up 500 "performances" for each song it plays."
Source: Slashdot.


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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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