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04 May 2007 @ 09:35 am
Save Net Radio  
Internet radio websites like Pandora are about to become a thing of the past, as new legislation will impose huge new royalties on each song broadcast over the Internet. These royalties are set to go into effect July 15th.

If you're tired of RIAA's monopoly-enforcing bullshit and enjoy your Internet radio and podcasts, then please call your representative and ask them to co-sponsor the Internet Radio Equality Act.
 
 
 
Purrsia Kat: smells like bspurrsia on May 4th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
thanks for this
I'm all for capitalism and getting one's share but damn - greedy much? >.<

Honestly, they're just going to end up shooting themselves in the foot. People won't pay exorbient amounts and all that'll happen is the RIAA will lose a big arena in which to get their arteeests heard which often translates into record sales/paid singles downloads. But whatever.

Never thought I'd edge toward the pirate's corner, but I'm getting there :-/


--Purrsia
mqstout on May 4th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
Re: thanks for this
RIAA and any other corporation is inherently anti-capitalistic. By governmental protections (especially the concept of "limited liability") create an anti-capitalistic, non-competition environment. It's especially more apparent when you consider the laws that corporations HAVE TO (by law!) act in the best short-term interest of their shareholders. (This last part is the primary reason most corporations aren't environmentally friendly -- if they were allowed to act for long-term interest, they would quite likely not slash and burn.)
Miusheri: Thomas Painemiusheri on May 4th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
Re: thanks for this
It saddens me that this will make it harder for the "little guy" to share his music with others. A lot of bands- my husband's included- rely on Internet exposure. They want people to download/share their music, in order to generate interest (low-cost advertising!). If more people come to see their shows or are spurred to buy their music as a result, then that's awesome. My husband harbors no illusions of making it big- though neither of us would complain overly much if he got rich off his music, heh! He and his band-mates are more interested in sharing their craft with as wide an audience as possible.

Two other things I love about Internet radio: the "try before you buy" aspect (RIAA is not losing serious amounts of money to music piracy; a majority of people still buy albums if they want them. See: iTunes music store), and the opportunity to find out about bands I wouldn't have discovered otherwise (ex. through Pandora).

The last thing I can say? If you have a business model that has become obsolete due to changing technology, the solution is to adapt your business model to the times, NOT to bully Congress into squelching new innovation while keeping your outdated practices on life support.
mqstout on May 4th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
Already done it.
sageblessing on May 5th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
Fuckers like these make me proud that I use LimeWire.