By Rob Dunn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
New royalties imposed in the States by the “nearly broke” Recording Industry Association will go into effect on Sunday, July 15th, unless Congress does something about it. At this point, it seems doubtful that they can react quickly enough.
Great, back to the old days of listening to Payola on the radio…sorry, that’s not for me.
If (when) the rate hikes go into play, many smaller Internet broadcasters will have to shut their virtual doors. That means that all those new and innovative artists you love to hear won’t be so easy to find anymore…at least not by listening to the “underground” stations. What can you do?
If you want to help, go to SaveNetRadio.org. Their site has a variety of resources that can help you determine what you can do. From their site:
We are appealing to the millions of Internet radio listeners out there, the webcasters they support and the artists and labels we treasure to rise up and make your voices heard before this vibrant medium is silenced.This situation is grave, but that makes the message all the simpler and more serious.
CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES RIGHT AWAY and urge them to support the Internet Radio Equality Act. If they’ve already co-sponsored, thank them and tell them to fight to bring it to the floor for an immediate vote. If the line is busy, call back. Call until you know your voice has been heard. Your voices are what have gotten us this far – Congress has listened. Now, they are our only hope.
We are outmatched by lobbying power and money but we are NOT outmatched by facts and passion and the power of our voices.
Please take some time to visit SaveNetRadio.org and see what you can do to help.