SaveNetRadio Admonishes CRB For 'Ill-Informed' Decision
April 17, 2007 at 10:28 AM (PT)
The SAVENETRADIO coalition today responded to the COPYRIGHT ROYALTY BOARD's (CRB) refusal to reconsider the increase of royalty rates for Internet webcasters (NET NEWS 4/16). The coalition of Internet radio listeners, music labels, artists, and webcasters -- which launched a national grassroots campaign last month in response to the original CRB rate hike -- released the following statement:
"The CRB's failure to reconsider its ill-informed and flawed MARCH 2 royalty rate increase for webcasters will devastate Internet radio. The panel's ruling was certainly disappointing, though unfortunately not surprising. By casually dismissing the importance of better understanding the impact of their ruling, the CRB reaffirmed the need for immediate Congressional action.
By casually dismissing the importance of better understanding the impact of their ruling, the CRB reaffirmed the need for immediate Congressional action.
"MAY 15 will be the first day increased royalty rates take effect and the last day tens of millions of Americans are able to listen to music on thousands of webcasts that will be instantly silent. The SAVENETRADIO campaign will now take the fight for the future of Internet radio and music diversity on the Internet to Capitol Hill and with the support of millions of listeners, hundreds of thousands of artists and tens of thousands of webcasters, we believe our message will be heard and Net radio saved."