12 July 2007

Save Internet Radio: Court Denies Emergency Stay For Webcasters

This is really unfortunate news. If you're reading this, you need to stand up, speak up, and get involved if you want internet radio to survive. Dozens of webcasters, from EAR FARM favorites WOXY to Soma.FM and on and on, will collapse under the weight of the Copyright Royalty Board's royalty rate hikes. Your silence now will lead to even more silence when net radio disappears into rate-hike extinction. Please read the following and do something. You have the power.

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED FOR THURSDAY, JULY 12TH Greetings, Time and options are running out for Internet Radio. Late this afternoon, the court DENIED the emergency stay sought on behalf of webcasters, millions of listeners and the artists and music they support.

UNLESS CONGRESS ACTS BY JULY 15th,
the new ruinous royalty rates will be going into effect on Sunday, threatening the future of all internet radio. We are appealing to the millions of Internet radio listeners out there, the webcasters they support and the artists and labels we treasure to rise up and make your voices heard again before this vibrant medium is silenced. Even if you have already called, we need you to call again. The situation is grave, but that makes the message all the simpler and more serious.

PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES RIGHT AWAY and urge them to support the Internet Equality Act. Go HERE to find the phone numbers of your Senators and Representative. If they've already co-sponsored, thank them and tell them to fight to bring the bill to the floor for an immediate vote. If the line is busy, please call back. Call until you know your voice has been heard.

Your voices are what have gotten us this far - Congress has listened. Now, they are our only hope. We are outmatched by lobbying power and money but we are NOT outmatched by facts and passion and the power of our voices. Again, please go HERE to find the necessary phone numbers and make the call today.

Thank you,
The SaveNetRadio Campaign
UPDATE (7:45pm): SoundExchange will not enforce the new royalty rates. Read more HERE.