US-Internetradio wieder unter Beschuss

Das amerikanische US Copyright Office Copyright Review Board will mit neuen Urheberrechts-Gebühren den Nonprofit-Internetradios den Garaus machen.

Als Komponist und Musiker bin ich durchaus zwiespältig zu den Internetradios – einerseits möchte ich etwas verdienen können, wenn meine Musik gespielt wird, andererseits bin ich froh um deren Promotion von interessanter Musik. Viele Internet-Radios sind liebevoll gestaltet von Musikliebhabern ohne kommerzielle Interessen, und es wäre ein kultureller Verlust, wenn sie abgewürgt würden.

Mach dir selbst ein Bild, wenn dich das Thema interessiert:
Click here to sign the Save the Internet Radio Petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/SIR2007r/petition.html

As you may be aware the US Copyright Office
Copyright Review Board announced a decision late
last week that released a ruling on performance
royalty fees that are based exclusively on the
number of people tuned into an Internet radio
station with no consideration given to what, if
any, revenue is generated by the broadcaster.
This decision has the very real potential to
force the closure of a wide realm of online
webcasting sources that have significantly
impacted the growth and development of
independent roots music across all genres. To
lose this avenue of promotion and support for
roots based music could be potentially
devastating with respect not only to its
financial impact on the industry, but to its cultural survival.

A recent research paper presented at the CRB
convention in Nashville directly attributed the
internet as a primary source of promotion and
introduction to new music directly to consumers.
The impact of the internet has a direct impact on
the visability and therefore the artistic and
financial viability of the roots music industry.
In part the Edison Media Research study reports:

*The Internet continues to surge as a platform
for music discovery, with 40% of those surveyed
naming the web as the primary place they go to
hear music unavailable on the radio, an increase
of 7 percentage points over last year. MP3
players and downloadable music files also grew
dramatically as an outlet for music discovery,
from 16% to 26% over the past year. Also, over
20% of the Country partisans surveyed “often” or
“sometimes” learned about new music from social
networking sites, such as MySpace.

Over 60% of these Country partisans indicated
that they had listened to their favorite Country
radio station over the Internet.

“Music Discovery continues to be important for
all Country radio partisans­young and old,” noted
Edison Vice President Tom Webster, “but the
Internet and downloaded files are rapidly
catching up to CDs as the preferred alternative
channels with younger demographics. With so many
listeners turning to the Internet as their entry
portal for music information and discovery, it is
more vital than ever for Country Radio
programmers to understand that their web sites
are an integral part of their brand, and not just
another vehicle for advertisements.”

As the appeal period for this matter is within a
very short timeframe, we would like to encourage
those music lovers who wish to have their voices
heard on this matter to visit
http://www.saveourinternetradio.com for the most
updated information, as well as proactive and
effective strategies and suggestions as to how to
best address this matter. This website was
created by Bob Goldsmith (RadioParadise) who
happens to be one of the direct parties with
respect to the US Copyright office’s decision and
therefore we believe this would be the most
appropriate hub for advocacy and action to begin
in order to help maximize your voice.

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