By Rob Dunn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
(Follow-up to Save Internet Radio: Contact your representative today!)
Well, it appears that Internet radio broadcasters get a bit of time to renegotiate royalties paid out to artists, which is great news, since Internet radio is the only venue for many where the widest sampling of new and underground music can be heard.
Congress and SoundExchange have heard loud and clear the amazing outpouring of support for Internet radio from webcasters, listeners and the thousands of artists they support. A commitment has been made to negotiate reasonable royalties, recognizing the industry’s long-term value and its still-developing revenue potential.
During negotiations SoundExchange committed temporarily not to enforce the new royalty rates so webcasters can stay online as new rates are agreed upon.
This development is due in great part to the millions of people who have let their Congressional representatives know about their support of Internet radio. Over 125 representatives have cosponsored the bill to this point.
We urge listeners to continue calling their Senators and Representative to ask them to co-sponsor the Internet Radio Equality Act. Thank you.
Now it is time for us to keep this issue in the news – you can help by contacting your local Congress person to thank them for their support (or ask them to support Internet radio if they haven’t decided whether or not to support it), or your local reporter to bring the story to your news outlets.
Keep the pressure on!