Internet Radio Fairness Coalition Launches
October 25, 2012 at 6:00 AM (PT)
A wide spectrum of organizations, ranging from Internet radio services to broadcast radio companies and groups concerned about the future of the Internet radio industry, have come together to create the INTERNET RADIO FAIRNESS COALITION.
The Coalition's mission is "to urge Congress to support legislation (The Internet Radio Fairness Act of 2012, or IRFA), aimed at bringing the royalty system for Internet radio into the 21st century -- creating a sustainable business model for the industry that gives consumers more choices and more products for listening to the music they love; enables artists to earn more money as Internet radio grows; creates a marketplace that will attract entrepreneurs to invest in new, innovative ways to deliver music to the public; and drives higher revenues for record labels."
"Our piecemeal legislation covering music royalty rates was enacted decades before we had the Internet or current technology," said COMPUTER & COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION (CCIA). Pres./CEO ED BLACK. "It's out of tune with the realities of the 21st Century marketplace. Updated rules would help deliver music to the public in devices of their choice and create a viable digital music business that benefits artists and innovators."
CONSUMER ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATION (CEA) SVP/Government And Regulatory Affairs MICHAEL PETRICONE added, "Fixing the outrageous royalty discrimination against Internet radio will promote a healthy and vibrant Internet music marketplace. The result will be more investments, more new jobs, more money for musicians and copyright holders, and more choices for consumers,".
"We currently have a system that applies a unique rate-setting standard which forces Internet radio to shoulder a larger royalty burden than other forms of digital radio," said DIGITAL MEDIA ASSOCIATION (DiMA) Exec. Dir./General Counsel LEE KNIFE. "This is a clear case of an out-dated legal framework that stifles technology and consumer options. This bi-partisan solution will drive more innovation in the legal digital distribution of music. This will ultimately allow more choices for consumers and enable greater exposure for artists."
"We believe that market-based solutions are the way to go," said CLEAR CHANNEL CEO BOB PITTMAN. "But in the absence of these agreements, the CRB needs to have and consider more relevant information so they are better able to develop a rate structure that will lead to a healthy, sustainable Internet radio marketplace. This will enable artists to earn more and connect more with their fans, consumers to have more choices, and entrepreneurs to invent and invest in new services."
"Legislation that establishes a fair royalty rate setting-standard for Internet radio will drive investment in webcasting, which ultimately offers greater opportunities and more revenue for working artists," said PANDORA Founder/Chief Strategy Officer TIM WESTERGREN. "Internet radio has been shown to help decrease music piracy and increase music sales. When the digital music sector is allowed to grow and innovate, everybody wins."
The Coalition website is www.InternetRadioFairness.com.