From: "Christopher Stewart" <cstewart139@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: arsclist Important Issue for all Arsckist members - Saving Internet Online Radio
>What can Internet radio fans do? Call their senators and Congress
>people, for one thing. For another, visit the Save Internet Radio site at
>www.saveinternetradio.org for more suggestions and background
>information on the digital copyright act.
My personal Soap Box take on the Internet radio royalty.
Because of the mega media mergers and current broadcasting payola (one now has to pay to get played, similar to companies vying for space on the grocery store shelves) Only five companies control more than 60% of the music market in the top 100 markets (figures from 1997.) This control has increased exponentially under President Bush and the current FCC...and is creating a dis-incentive to create (or at least do it under the current process; this extends to authors as well as composers.)
One might want to read Lawrence Lessig's The Future of Ideas, to get an idea of what is really going on. It's not just about royalty payments. It's about the controller's, not the creators, writing the rules.
I don't mean to suggest Internet Radio shouldn't pay royalties, but the current recommendation to the copyright office is excessive and certainly appears to be an effort to control Internet Radio as well by the major players only. I would have to say that what is happening, suggested in Lessig's book, is to place a new retroactive tax on small businesses by big business in order to shut down ANY competition.