Opposition to Copyright Royalty Boards Webcasting rates

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The Copyright Royalty Board has handed down a decision after meeting behind closed doors with Pandora and coming to an agreement in reference to royalty rate increases ( ) that literally cripples any small webcaster anywhere in the United States of America !

In this agreement it states that the rate is $0.17 per 100 songs , per listener , raising rates so high that it makes it unaffordable by any broadcaster anywhere.

While this bill HR1733 is good to force terrestrial radio to finally pay royalties which they had never done since the beginning of internet broadcasting, the original " Small Webcaster Settlement Act " ( SWSA ) has been eliminated making no provision whatsoever for hobbyist broadcasters who have no revenue to pay the outlandish fee's that would be incurred upon them by the elimination of this agreement.

It also creates a monopoly which according to US law has been deemed illegal in the United States of America , allowing only major corporations like Pandora and iHeart Radio to control what is being heard on the internet.

For years, small webcasters have been paying royalty fee's when terrestrial was not! And as a thank you for all the years of trying to do what was right , to be lawful and pay royalties that artists worldwide have worked so hard for and deserve, the Copyright Royalty Board has decided only the wealthy should be allowed to broadcast, thus ending small broadcasters tiny businesses all over the USA.

Finally, this bill does not only affect the small broadcaster , but affects many businesses that small webcasters have supported as well thus eliminating literally MILLIONS of dollars of spending in business such as :
* Streaming Servers
* Chatrooms and servers
* Messengers
* Communities and servers
* Games
* Webhosting and servers
* Banner Hosting services and many other services !

For years small broadcasters have been paying licensing fee's to stay legal on the internet, paying dues in appreciation for the hobby they so love. They have all had a dream of one day climbing that ladder to make a name for themselves, to achieve success. Some didn't have that dream, they just wanted to enjoy what they loved to do. Now that dream has been stomped on, spat on, and kicked to the curb by the very people we entrust to treat us fairly. It's shameful , unjust and should be considered criminal because of the results of this decision being made.

It should not be allowed.
We the undersigned oppose the decision of The Copyright Royalty Board to not include a provision such as the Small Webcaster's Settlement Act of 2002 which allows for small webcasters to have the ability to pay affordable royalty rate fee's.

The rates set are totally unfair to those who do not have the revenue such as the larger broadcasters like Pandora and iHeart.

We the undersigned ask that a provision be included in this decision so that thousands of small webcasters and their listeners and services they do business with may continue to enjoy the music and environment they have created and not be crippled by the Fair Play , Fair Pay bill , as it is not fair at all!
Over 2400 MORE signatures and growing on THIS link to a secondary petition :
Public Comments
Jan 7th, 2016
Someone from Decaturville, TN signed.
Jan 7th, 2016
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Jan 7th, 2016
Someone from Windom, MN signed.
Jan 7th, 2016
Someone from Beverly Hills, CA signed.
Jan 7th, 2016
Someone from Silver Springs, NV writes:
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The people should be able to listen to the program of the smaller stations too. The people who work for these stations need these jobs to survive. Don't pull the permits from these smaller stations.
Jan 7th, 2016
Someone from Post Falls, ID writes:
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The Internet should be free.
Jan 7th, 2016
Someone from San Angelo, TX writes:
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I am asking that you reverse your decision, on the outrageous fees incurred by the copyright royalty board. This is NOT the foundation on which America was built . Ousting the smaller guy, and lining the pockets of the bigger guy needs to stop.. and stop here. How easy it is to forget, at one time each of you had to start somewhere...and what would you be doing now had someone squelched your beginning ? where would you be now...doing what..? Remember from where you came... how you got there...Please add the prevision in this decision so thousands of small webcasters can afford to stay on the air..
Jan 7th, 2016
Someone from Des Moines, IA writes:
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If you charge this ..its only far you CHARGE EVERYONE that plays any kind of music that some one hears anywhere. If my stereo is too loud and my neighbor hears it. I SHOULD BE CHARGED THEN.. This is the way I understand this STUPID ruling. Why hurt the little guy that tries to help people that don't get out . SMALL radio stations is there to talk to friends as well on the web. Whats this Country coming too. FREEDOM OF SPEECH is stake here... Thank You Don Mull Sr.
Jan 7th, 2016
Someone from Wilderville, OR signed.
Jan 7th, 2016
Someone from Fullerton, CA signed.
Jan 7th, 2016
Someone from Cromwell, CT signed.
Jan 7th, 2016
Someone from Newfield, NY writes:
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The elimination of the small webcaster settlement act is a clear message that there lopsided decisions being made in favor of ONLY the rich ! This criminal decision needs to be reconsidered ! Monopoly's in the USA are supposed to be illegal so how can you push thousands of business into the gutter and feel good about it ? This is Tragic !