H.R. 2060, the Internet Radio Equality Act will save Internet radio from the devastating royalty fee increases that will put thousands of Internet webcasters out of business on May 15, 2007. Please call your Representative in Congress as soon as possible and urge them to co-sponsor H.R. 2060, the Internet Radio Equality Act.
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The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) recently denied webcasters' requests for a rehearing on its ruling of unfairly high new royalty rates -- a stunning 300 to 1200 percent increase -- for Internet radio for period 2006-2010. Internet radio is singled out from all other radio, burdened with fees not paid by AM or FM stations, and at rates at least 3-4 times paid by satellite and cable radio. The ruling even included absurd minimum of $500 per station per year to penalize the smallest webcasters with the highest rates. Should this ruling stand, many of your favorite stations will be silenced.
This ruling will make it difficult for everyday individuals like you and me to launch Internet radio stations because it will hike the cost so high that it will be unaffordable. This unfair rate increase would drive many existing webcasters out of business.