I just found out about this madness, but I’m too stunned to Pit it, plus, a lot of people might not see it in the Pit. Mods, please feel free to move it if things get heated. If there’s already been a thread I apologise. I searched for both RIAA and Internet radio and didn’t find anything.
The United States Copyright Royalty Board (no doubt pressured by the RIAA) has released new royalty rates for webcasters. These rates are retroactive for all of 2006, and increase every year until 2010. The rates are based on one song stream to one listener.
According to Wired’s Listening Post:
There’s a pretty good overview here:
Live365 will probably disappear too.
I’m still reading around and trying to figure this all out. One of the questions I haven’t seen answered is if a streaming radio station starts using non-RIAA music, will they be exempt from these charges? For instance, if a station plays Podsafe music, from, say, the Podcast Music Network, can they thumb their noses at the RIAA? What if they played artists like Happy Rhodes, who has 10 albums and not a one of them in the clutches of the RIAA? Of course, podcast music is usually of a much lower audio quality than playing CDs directly, so there needs to be a central clearing house where artists such as Happy can upload very high quality versions of their podsafe songs. The Podsafe Music Network only allows 15 songs to be uploaded, and I don’t think they allow high bitrate mp3s. Someone has to do something to give webcasters a choice other than RIAA music, Happy or not. The insanity holding back technological advances like Internet radio has to stop. The Internet is not the enemy.