Net Radio: Temporary Stay of Execution
SoundExchange won't impose new rates - yet...
blogger Eliot Van Buskirk notes that SoundExchange promised before Congress yesterday they won't start collecting the new higher royalty rates this weekend. Instead, they'll wait for a deal to be hashed out with webcasters. "This is a direct result of lobbying pressure [by consumers], so if anyone thinks their call didn't matter, it did. That's why this is happening,"
founder Tim Westergren.
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Re: Not Dead, Are you that Naive???
said by Michieru2:or crab's, or gon-ga-rea, or leprosy, or genital herpes........
Yup, if you even shake hands with someone from SoundExchange, make sure to check that your hand is intact and no fingers are missing.
Remember safe sex does not prevent crabs.
The result of all this greed will be reduced CD sales Fifteen of my last twenty CDs were purchased after hearing the music on Internet radio. If I don't hear it first on Internet radio, then I usually don't buy a CD. The music played on Internet radio is readily identified in the computer's music player that facilitates future purchasability.
IMHO we should bring back a new form of Internet payola: ALL record labels should be FORCED to pay THROUGH THEIR CORPORATE NOSES for any of their music that is played over the Internet BECAUSE they are benefiting substantially through increased CD sales.
They are also benefiting greatly from fact that one can look at one's computer screen to see the performer and name of the cut (and sometimes the album name) that is playing. This is the main reason that I am able to buy so many of the CDs that I hear. Quick identification is very important. The record labels should pay -- and pay dearly -- for this kind of service ON THEIR BEHALF.
The music labels should be forced to pay payola to the suppliers of the PC music players such as iTunes, Real, WindowsMedia, and so many others.
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What is with this happy horseshit byline - The SoundExchange thugs aren't going away anytime soon. In fact, it is their most beloved :::WISH::: that everyone just goes back to sticking his head in the sand and becoming complacent again because the very last thing they want is for Congre$$ to get involved. Congre$$, BTW, started this whole mess with their creation of the DMCA bought and paid for by the RIAA. This is :::THEIR::: Frankenstein monster reanimated to bite them on their collective, overpaid asses nine years later.
Since the day of Silence, SoundExchange has been attempting to cut side deals with webcasters because Congre$$ has said it doesn't want to get involved. And since then, a few blind webcasters like lastfm.com have taken the bait. All lastfm.com had to do to take advantage of the incredible deal SoundExchange threw out was to agree to certain ambiguous terms of the so called deal.
First, SoundExchange said they would honor the terms of this agreement through 2008. Notice no definite end date here or exactly what they would or would not expect to collect in royalties. Secondly, a webcaster has to agree NOT to EVER go to Congress and lobby for help ever again. Seems simple, doesn't it. Sure does. Now just sign on the dotted line with either that pen or with your brains from the gun pointed at your head that will go off if you don't sign.
Once everyone goes back to sticking his head in the sand again, and otherwise stops pestering the Congre$$ional ari$tocracy, then SoundExchange will go about the business of strangling Internet radio quietly.
It's all detailed on Kurt Hanson's RAIN blog.