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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 ( http://www.loc.gov/crb/web-iv/amended-web-iv-terms.pdf ) 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.
Petition:
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 :
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/opposition-to-copyright-royalty-boards-decision-on-hr-1733.html
Public Comments
May 11th, 2016
Someone from Murrieta, CA signed.
May 9th, 2016
Someone from Los Angeles, CA signed.
May 9th, 2016
Someone from North Las Vegas, NV signed.
May 8th, 2016
Someone from Farmington, MN signed.
May 8th, 2016
Someone from Inver Grove Heights, MN signed.
May 4th, 2016
Someone from Culpeper, VA writes:
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I am a webcaster and my radio is being blocked from my US listeners.
May 3rd, 2016
Someone from Douglasville, GA signed.
May 3rd, 2016
Someone from Van Nuys, CA signed.
May 2nd, 2016
Someone from Albuquerque, NM signed.
May 2nd, 2016
Someone from Albuquerque, NM signed.
May 2nd, 2016
Someone from Minneapolis, MN writes:
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Don't they make enough money already? All this is, is greed.
Apr 28th, 2016
Someone from New York, NY signed.
Apr 28th, 2016
Someone from Saint Petersburg, FL signed.
Apr 28th, 2016
Someone from Saint Petersburg, FL signed.
Apr 28th, 2016
Someone from Saint Petersburg, FL writes:
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Save Internet Radio!
Apr 24th, 2016
Someone from Norfolk, NE signed.
Apr 19th, 2016
Someone from Fort Worth, TX signed.
Apr 19th, 2016
Someone from Rockwall, TX signed.
Apr 19th, 2016
Someone from Lothian, MD writes:
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I listen to classical, beautiful music, Great American Songbook, and various other channels. This Webcasting rate is detrimental to variety in the media and is destroying many good stations.
Apr 19th, 2016
Someone from Hialeah, FL writes:
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We been in operation over a decade. Helping independent artists get their music heard. Music that terrestrial radio will not play. Independent artists use our free service to promote their music and in return fans buy their music. We are a small webcaster, hobby station. Unlike terrestrial radio that generate millions through advertising, we the small webcaster make no money. We offer this service free for all artists to get their music heard. Music that would otherwise go unheard or unnotice because big corporate owned terrestrial stations will not play it nor promote it. Small webcaster are an essential tool for independent artists. If small webcasters disappear so will thousands of independent artists that will have no avenue to have their music heard. They too will disappear.
Apr 19th, 2016
Someone from Farmington, MN signed.
Apr 19th, 2016
Someone from Ogdensburg, NY writes:
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When Live365 went out of business, I lost the stream I had for nearly 15 years. Many independent artists won't be heard. You need to fix this immediately!
Apr 19th, 2016
Someone from Williamstown, NJ signed.
Apr 19th, 2016
Someone from Encino, CA writes:
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I ran and programmed several Internet radio stations over the years on Live365.com since 2000 playing a wide variety of underground hip hop artists. Many of these underground artists were not getting play elsewhere on commercial radio outlets. Artists would occasionally reach out to me on social media to thank me for playing their music. I also tagged the songs with links to official sites where listeners could buy or download the song. Small webcasters need to be considered, and the Webcaster Settlement Act needs to be renewed and reauthorized. My Internet radio provider Live365 was in operation for over a decade, and went out of business in early 2016 when the Settlement Act was not renewed. People have lost jobs. Artists have lost platforms for their music. Hobbyists have lost their radio stations. My station generated royalties for these independent artists and now this revenue stream (however small) is lost forever unless you act. This needs to be fixed ASAP!
Apr 18th, 2016
Someone from Rochester, MN signed.
Apr 18th, 2016
Someone from Eau Claire, WI writes:
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Please! No more royalties or fees for streaming copyrighted materials!
Apr 18th, 2016
Someone from Saint Paul, MN signed.
Apr 18th, 2016
Someone from Bismarck, ND writes:
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Please give them a break. This type of music is not available on am or fm in Mn or ND. We need to hear this beautiful type of music too!!
Apr 18th, 2016
Someone from Faribault, MN signed.
Apr 13th, 2016
Someone from Cincinnati, OH signed.
Apr 9th, 2016
Someone from Salem, MA signed.
Apr 8th, 2016
Someone from Wise, VA writes:
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Small webcasters play songs not heard elsewhere.
Apr 5th, 2016
Someone from Allen, TX writes:
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Give me a break! 95% of what is played here will not be available on ihateradio or spamdora. This is about eliminating the competition.
Apr 5th, 2016
Someone from Berwyn, IL writes:
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Here we go again with the big greedy corporate radio giants trying to crush the smaller webcast broadcasters. some of the best music comes from the smaller webcast. Bring back the music of the unusual and rarely heard that only comes from the smaller webcast stations.
Apr 4th, 2016
Someone from Ballwin, MO signed.
Apr 4th, 2016
Someone from Edwardsville, IL signed.
Apr 4th, 2016
Someone from Columbia, IL signed.
Apr 4th, 2016
Someone from Saint Louis, MO signed.
Apr 4th, 2016
Someone from Belleville, IL signed.
Apr 4th, 2016
Someone from Ballwin, MO signed.
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