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Congress Overwhelmed By Net Radio Support
As bill is proposed that will block royalty hike
by Karl Bode 09:07AM Friday May 11 2007
The Senate yesterday introduced legislation (previously discussed here) aimed at blocking the royalty rate increases that threaten to put many net radio operations out of business. Gizmodo talks to Pandora Radio boss Tim Westergren, who says Congress is overwhelmed by grass roots support. "Office staffers say they have never received this many e-mails and inquiries on any issue in their congressional careers. The whole fax infrastructure of Capitol Hill was jammed for two days." The May 15 deadline for paying up has been shifted to July 15, at which time the bill comes due for these broadcasters.

SaveNetRadio says concerned users should keep calling their representatives.

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Jason Levine
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Fax Tubes

The whole fax infrastructure of Capitol Hill was jammed for two days.
You see, a fax machine isn't a truck that you can dump stuff on. It's.... It's a series of tubes!

(Sorry, couldn't resist.)

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Re: Fax Tubes

And Capital Hill isn't a group you can just dump common sense on. It's....it's a series of boobs.
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Re: Fax Tubes

Haha. So true!

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Good one you two!

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dude that was FUNNY!!
JimmyR
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*SNAP*!!! Third-degree burn. Nice.

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said by MIABye:

And Capital Hill isn't a group you can just dump common sense on. It's....it's a series of boobs.
Heh, sadly for our nation and general common sense, but very true

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said by Jason Levine:

The whole fax infrastructure of Capitol Hill was jammed for two days.
The linked story talks about using email instead of faxes to communicate with Congress.
Well, what are you waiting for? Get to them faxes!! You may even try one of these newfangled systems for communicating with congresspersons—I'm told this "E" mail works pretty good.
But that is wrong. When lobbying Congress, the emails are not read. A system looks for keywords and the Congresscritters are presented with a stat that says so many emails wrote about "internet radio" and so many about another subject, etc. Faxes are actually read by some assistant and then a summary is presented to the Congresscritter. Faxes have more impact and visibility than does email. Phone calls to the local or Washington office have even higher visibility.
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Re: Fax Tubes

Better yet, there is still enough time to actually write and send a letter (write your own though for more impact).
I highly recommend phone calls too. Phone calls let them understand the person behind the passionate interest.

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said by FFH5:

Phone calls to the local or Washington office have even higher visibility.
A hand written snail mail letter has the most impact. e-mail campaigns from special interests can generate hundreds of thousands of e-mails.
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said by batterup:

A hand written snail mail letter has the most impact. e-mail campaigns from special interests can generate hundreds of thousands of e-mails.
And a hand-dialed phone call does even better than that, since the staffer has to listen to you. Even letters can "get lost" without anybody ever seeing the message. But if you inspire a young staffer (who probably relies on the Internet for a lot of things), then you have a voice in the office repeating your message several times.
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said by Jason Levine:

You see, a fax machine isn't a truck that you can dump stuff on. It's.... It's a series of tubes!
So is the Internet. It's just that fax is still using vacuum tubes!
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Way to go Congress

OMG they DO listen once in a while! This must be their one time a year to represent the people instead of just themselves.
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Re: Way to go Congress

They got a whitehouse to win....

deadi
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a good response

With any luck, congress will be more responsive to the people's wishes over lobbyists.
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Re: a good response

Hear, hear.

Hopefully internet radio will be saved.

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Status of House and Senate Bills

House bill H.R.2060 has a lot of support and has 63 co-sponsors as this post is written:
»thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z ··· 060:@@@P
But it is still sitting in 2 separate committees awaiting action and is low on the priority of bills awaiting action before the summer recess.

Senate bill S.1353 has only 1 co-sponsor. It has been referred to Committee on the Judiciary. »thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c ··· :S.1353:
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Re: Status of House and Senate Bills

It takes a lot of inertia to get a bill like this moving, but I'm hopeful. The back payment delay gives it a little time, but it would really help if musicians join in the email/fax brigade to blunt the RIAA's stance that internet radio does nothing for artists.

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Re: Status of House and Senate Bills

Yeah like the RIAA cares what the artists think or want. lol

I have emailed and snail mailed my reps. I also plan to send them some reminder correspondence to try to distract them from remembering they are a boob.

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woot!

Glad I contributed! My three snail-mail letters, as well as every other letter/e-mail/fax/phone call, contributed!

w00t!

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did my part

I did my part too I pretty much listened to it 24/7 matter of fact it's running now!

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Don't Get Used to It

Given that this is the second time in five years the diaRIAA has reared its fugly feces-ridden head and attempted to not only stick its hand in the pocket of Internet radio, but hijack the entire bank account in one fell swoop and otherwise crush the industry, I strongly suspect this will become standard operating procedure. So all involved on the behalf of streaming audio shouldn't pat its collective self on the back too vigorously.

Apparently, one of the more intelligent, overgrown cum shots at the diaRIAA realized that revenue generation by lawsuit can only go so far and that eventually, a new way to suck the blood of puppies and kittens must be deployed. Strangling internet radio by taking 300% of its revenue was a beautiful way to supplement the litigation revenue.
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Re: Don't Get Used to It

sadly if both bills dont make it im guessing you wont even seen much fight back in the form of pirate internet radio since well that is much harder to hide then pirate radio(and sad thing is thanks to copyright laws probally a bigger fine then running pirate broadcast).
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I never thought I'd see "boob" and "cum shot" in the same thread here on BBR. Glad I didn't check the news from work today...
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Enough with the technical jargon, tell us how you really feel about this matter.
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Did my part too

Mailed three snail mail letters. I hope it helps.

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Congress is in the dark

It is sad that with all the modern forms of communication we have, the best way to convey a message to congress is a method hundreds of years old.

Sidenote: If CON is the opposite of PRO, isn't CONGRESS the opposite of PROGRESS?
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They should be treated the same.

Government subsidy, by the way of lower rate and different rate structure for internet broadcasters started this whole mess in the first place. Both over the air and internet broadcasters should be paying the same rate per song.

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Re: They should be treated the same.

i love pandora. great site!

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The reason it was lower is because internet radio is fundamentally different than broadcast radio because you can be located anywhere and you do not need US govt approval if you're not in the US of $.

You want to kill native internet radio businesses? Make them compete with ones that don't have to pay massive royalties.
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Re: They should be treated the same.

said by Sum Guy :

The reason it was lower is because internet radio is fundamentally different than broadcast radio because you can be located anywhere and you do not need US govt approval if you're not in the US of $.
Very true. The RIAA cannot kill Internet radio, because the RIAA doesn't own a CRB in every nation on earth. All that the RIAA will succeed in doing is remove more artistry from music, by forcing small but brilliant US webcasters to quit, and move still more jobs out of the US.

But it will benefit the recording industry, right? I mean, before I discovered Radio Paradise »www.radioparadise.com/ last year, I averaged one new CD a year because the stuff on RF radio...sucks. But when I was introduced to the really good artists that I discovered still exist, I'm up to a couple hundred a year. Obviously that kind of demand has a negative effect on the industry somehow.

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I have recieved responses from one of my senators and congre

One of my Tennessee Federal Senators and my local Federal Congressperson replied to me with somewhat courteous and supportive replies. The other senator was silent. My impression of Bob Corker is a little better now, I didn't like him before, but this is a feather in his cap in my mind.
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