Sign petition to save Pandora and Internet radio

, posted: 18-Apr-2007 08:13

The copyright crazies in Washington DC have decided to kill off streaming Internet radio by forcing up royalty fees three-fold. I'm a fan of Pandora and all those weirdo little Internet radio stations that pop up in iTunes, and believe it would be a tremendous shame if they disappeared because of corporate greed swaying US politicians.

"Congressional representative" makes this look like a US-only issue, but in all likelihood, it's not. The RIAA has global reach and will lobby the US Trade Representative for instance to get its way. The royalty hikes for Pandora and US stations are likely to hit Internet broadcasters around the world as well, so it's time to sound up against the money grab.

Update For further info and good analysis, read David DeJean's blog entry in Information Week.

Hi, it's Tim from Pandora,

I'm writing today to ask for your help. The survival of Pandora and all of Internet radio is in jeopardy because of a recent decision by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC to almost triple the licensing fees for Internet radio sites like Pandora.

The new royalty rates are irrationally high, more than four times what satellite radio pays and broadcast radio doesn't pay these at all. Left unchanged, these new royalties will kill every Internet radio site, including Pandora.
In response to these new and unfair fees, we have formed the SaveNetRadio Coalition, a group that includes listeners, artists, labels and webcasters. I hope that you will consider joining us.

Please sign our petition urging your Congressional representative to act to save Internet radio:

Please feel free to forward this link/email to your friends - the more petitioners we can get, the better.

Understand that we are fully supportive of paying royalties to the artists whose music we play, and have done so since our inception.

As a former touring musician myself, I'm no stranger to the challenges facing working musicians. The issue we have with the recent ruling is that it puts the cost of streaming far out of the range of ANY webcaster's business potential. I hope you'll take just a few minutes to sign our petition - it WILL make a difference. As a young industry, we do not have the lobbying power of the RIAA. You, our listeners, are by far our biggest and most influential allies.As always, and now more than ever, thank you for your support.

Tim Westergren

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