Thursday, May 10, 2007

Senate to House - "We see your bill to save Internet Radio, and raise you"

Now we are talking... momentum is building in Congress to save Internet Radio. Check out for all the latest news and how you can help, but things are looking up...

Listening Post - Wired Blogs: "Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) today proposed legislation to keep Internet radio alive by vacating a Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) decision that could increase Internet radio sound recording royalties by 300 percent to 1,200 percent."

The "raise" I alluded to in the post title is that while this bill is virtually identical to the bill being introduced in the House, the Senate bill adds a stipulation that SoundExchange would have to reimburse webcasters under the new rates if they're overturned by appeal or Congressional intervention.

I'm sure it was total coincidence, but the day after I called my Congressman he signed on as a co-sponsor on the House bill. If nothing else, it makes me a tad less disenfranchised with the state of our political system...

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