Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Day of Silence - show your support.

Internet Radio is being taken down a peg - after congress decided to pass a bill increasing royalties on internet radio. This is sure to kill most of the internet radio station. Well, today, they're not having it:

On June 26, major webcasters such as Live365.com, Pandora.com, AccuRadio.com, and popular Santa Monica, California-based KCRW are among those who will silence their feeds for 24 hours in a show of solidarity against the upcoming July 15 rate hike on net radio royalties. Though regular programming will indeed be interrupted, the broadcasters won't simply be broadcasting silence; many stations will run intermittent PSAs detailing the current plight of net radio interspersed with ambient noise to give listeners an idea of what they'll be hearing should the royalty increases stand. KCRW is producing an hour-long program pleading the case of net radio entitled "D-Day for Webcasters," which they plan to loop all day Tuesday. Additional broadcasters will continue to be added to the roster of supporters for this day of silence.

WSUM 91.7 FM isn't silencing their web-feed due to the horrendous reception of their terrestrial signal. If the new U-square wasn't causing such problems for the signal, WSUM might have participated. However, they are playing PSA's all day to raise awareness. For those who don't know the specifics of the charges, here is the damage.

Why does the RIAA insist on a self-defeating business model?

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