Wyden-Brownback 'Internet Radio Equality Act' Introduced in the Senate

Bipartisan Bill Would Save Internet Radio



10 May, 2007, 01:00 ET from SaveNetRadio

    WASHINGTON, May 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Legislation introduced by
 Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sam Brownback (R-KA) today would save
 Internet radio from a recent royalty hike that threatens to bankrupt the
 industry. The Internet Radio Equality Act would vacate a Copyright Royalty
 Board (CRB) decision to increase fees webcasters pay to play music online
 by a devastating 300 to 1200 percent. Companion legislation (H.R. 2060)
 introduced in the House of Representatives on April 26th, by Congressman
 Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Don Manzullo (R-IL), has already garnered the support
 of more than 60 cosponsors.
     SaveNetRadio.org, a national coalition of webcasters, recording
 artists, listeners and record labels applauded the bill's introduction,
 expressing their gratitude to Senators Wyden and Brownback for their
 leadership at this critical time for the Internet radio industry and the
 millions of Americans who listen online every day. "Since the CRB's ruling,
 Internet radio listeners, webcasters and the artists they promote have
 joined together to urge Congress to prevent this vibrant industry from
 going silent on July 15th," said Jake Ward, a spokesperson for the
 SaveNetRadio campaign. "On behalf of Internet radio's 70 million monthly
 listeners, thousands of webcasters, and the incredible diversity of
 talented artists it supports, we commend Senators Wyden and Brownback for
 their understanding of Internet radio's importance and for their leadership
 in taking the steps needed to save it."
     Other members of the SaveNetRadio coalition offered their support for
 the Internet Radio Equality Act:
     The Roots Music Association, an international organization representing
 more than 2200 independent artists and labels, headquartered in San Marcos,
 Texas said, "we are very pleased by the introduction of the Internet Radio
 Equality Act in the Senate today. Internet radio has become the lifeblood
 for so many independent artists that depend on the promotional
 accessibility it provides niche roots based genres. This legislative
 solution is the last best hope for the future of Internet radio, and we
 fully support it."
     Tim Westergren, Founder of Pandora, one of the country's leading
 Internet radio webcasters, commended the legislation, saying, "we are
 grateful for Senators Wyden and Brownback's introduction of the Internet
 Radio Equality Act. Their support shows an understanding of the invaluable
 exposure that Internet radio provides to emerging artists, as well as an
 acknowledgment of the diverse listening experience it offers to music
 lovers. We are hopeful that, with the Senators' support, this promising
 industry will finally be treated fairly so that it can continue to grow."
     Outbound Music, a Christian webcaster and retailer said, "we are
 delighted to see the Internet Radio Equality Act introduced in Senate
 today. Internet music programming reaches millions of listeners who are not
 within range of Christian broadcast stations. With the passage of this
 bill, we can rest assured that our spiritually edifying content will
 continue to reach as wide an audience as possible while allowing fair
 compensation to artists and affordable rates to webcasters."
     Lisa Mathews from the critically acclaimed band Milkshake offered her
 support of the Internet Radio Equality Act saying, "Milkshake makes
 original rock music for kids, and kids-at-heart. When it comes to radio,
 there just aren't many venues for Children's Music via the traditional
 radio stations. Webcasters provide an outlet for kids and parents to hear
 new music -- music that is pretty much ignored by traditional radio. For me
 the value is undeniable. I should pay them for the service they do -- I
 really should. The least I can do is keep their rent low, and be fair when
 it comes to royalties."
     Ian Rogers, VP and GM, Yahoo! Music, said, "Internet radio has
 empowered and benefited artists and music lovers alike by removing the
 physical limitations and barriers that once separated musicians from their
 fans. The recent royalty rate increase threatens to limit the potential of
 net radio as an outlet for musicians, option for music lovers, and a
 business for webcasters. The Internet Radio Equality Act strikes the
 appropriate balance between compensating artists for their work and
 allowing this industry to grow. We applaud Senator Wyden and Senator
 Brownback for their leadership and urge congress to take notice and
 action."
     Grammy nominated artist, SONiA said, "Internet Radio allows artists
 like myself in every imaginable form to sing and be heard around the
 country and around the world. And because my music is now frequently heard
 on Internet Radio I am maintaining a successful career that would be
 impossible without this open medium. The tendency is to build a cage,
 because maybe that is how it was done in the early days of broadcasting.
 The Internet Radio Equality Act is the only way that thousands of artists
 can be heard, and I am one of them."
     The Internet Radio Equality Act would vacate the CRB's decision and set
 a 2006-2010 royalty rate at the same level currently paid by satellite
 radio services (7.5% of revenue.) The bill would also change the royalty
 rate- setting standard used in royalty arbitrations, so that the standards
 applying to webcasters would align with the standard that applies to
 satellite radio royalty arbitrations. The bill also re-sets the royalty
 rules for noncommercial radio such as NPR stations that offer Internet
 radio music.
     For more information on the SaveNetRadio coalition visit
 http://www.savenetradio.org
 
 

SOURCE SaveNetRadio
    WASHINGTON, May 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Legislation introduced by
 Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sam Brownback (R-KA) today would save
 Internet radio from a recent royalty hike that threatens to bankrupt the
 industry. The Internet Radio Equality Act would vacate a Copyright Royalty
 Board (CRB) decision to increase fees webcasters pay to play music online
 by a devastating 300 to 1200 percent. Companion legislation (H.R. 2060)
 introduced in the House of Representatives on April 26th, by Congressman
 Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Don Manzullo (R-IL), has already garnered the support
 of more than 60 cosponsors.
     SaveNetRadio.org, a national coalition of webcasters, recording
 artists, listeners and record labels applauded the bill's introduction,
 expressing their gratitude to Senators Wyden and Brownback for their
 leadership at this critical time for the Internet radio industry and the
 millions of Americans who listen online every day. "Since the CRB's ruling,
 Internet radio listeners, webcasters and the artists they promote have
 joined together to urge Congress to prevent this vibrant industry from
 going silent on July 15th," said Jake Ward, a spokesperson for the
 SaveNetRadio campaign. "On behalf of Internet radio's 70 million monthly
 listeners, thousands of webcasters, and the incredible diversity of
 talented artists it supports, we commend Senators Wyden and Brownback for
 their understanding of Internet radio's importance and for their leadership
 in taking the steps needed to save it."
     Other members of the SaveNetRadio coalition offered their support for
 the Internet Radio Equality Act:
     The Roots Music Association, an international organization representing
 more than 2200 independent artists and labels, headquartered in San Marcos,
 Texas said, "we are very pleased by the introduction of the Internet Radio
 Equality Act in the Senate today. Internet radio has become the lifeblood
 for so many independent artists that depend on the promotional
 accessibility it provides niche roots based genres. This legislative
 solution is the last best hope for the future of Internet radio, and we
 fully support it."
     Tim Westergren, Founder of Pandora, one of the country's leading
 Internet radio webcasters, commended the legislation, saying, "we are
 grateful for Senators Wyden and Brownback's introduction of the Internet
 Radio Equality Act. Their support shows an understanding of the invaluable
 exposure that Internet radio provides to emerging artists, as well as an
 acknowledgment of the diverse listening experience it offers to music
 lovers. We are hopeful that, with the Senators' support, this promising
 industry will finally be treated fairly so that it can continue to grow."
     Outbound Music, a Christian webcaster and retailer said, "we are
 delighted to see the Internet Radio Equality Act introduced in Senate
 today. Internet music programming reaches millions of listeners who are not
 within range of Christian broadcast stations. With the passage of this
 bill, we can rest assured that our spiritually edifying content will
 continue to reach as wide an audience as possible while allowing fair
 compensation to artists and affordable rates to webcasters."
     Lisa Mathews from the critically acclaimed band Milkshake offered her
 support of the Internet Radio Equality Act saying, "Milkshake makes
 original rock music for kids, and kids-at-heart. When it comes to radio,
 there just aren't many venues for Children's Music via the traditional
 radio stations. Webcasters provide an outlet for kids and parents to hear
 new music -- music that is pretty much ignored by traditional radio. For me
 the value is undeniable. I should pay them for the service they do -- I
 really should. The least I can do is keep their rent low, and be fair when
 it comes to royalties."
     Ian Rogers, VP and GM, Yahoo! Music, said, "Internet radio has
 empowered and benefited artists and music lovers alike by removing the
 physical limitations and barriers that once separated musicians from their
 fans. The recent royalty rate increase threatens to limit the potential of
 net radio as an outlet for musicians, option for music lovers, and a
 business for webcasters. The Internet Radio Equality Act strikes the
 appropriate balance between compensating artists for their work and
 allowing this industry to grow. We applaud Senator Wyden and Senator
 Brownback for their leadership and urge congress to take notice and
 action."
     Grammy nominated artist, SONiA said, "Internet Radio allows artists
 like myself in every imaginable form to sing and be heard around the
 country and around the world. And because my music is now frequently heard
 on Internet Radio I am maintaining a successful career that would be
 impossible without this open medium. The tendency is to build a cage,
 because maybe that is how it was done in the early days of broadcasting.
 The Internet Radio Equality Act is the only way that thousands of artists
 can be heard, and I am one of them."
     The Internet Radio Equality Act would vacate the CRB's decision and set
 a 2006-2010 royalty rate at the same level currently paid by satellite
 radio services (7.5% of revenue.) The bill would also change the royalty
 rate- setting standard used in royalty arbitrations, so that the standards
 applying to webcasters would align with the standard that applies to
 satellite radio royalty arbitrations. The bill also re-sets the royalty
 rules for noncommercial radio such as NPR stations that offer Internet
 radio music.
     For more information on the SaveNetRadio coalition visit
 http://www.savenetradio.org
 
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