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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
Apr 4th, 2016
Someone from Wixom, MI signed.
Apr 2nd, 2016
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Mar 31st, 2016
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Mar 27th, 2016
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Mar 26th, 2016
Someone from Sylmar, CA signed.
Mar 24th, 2016
Someone from Metamora, MI signed.
Mar 22nd, 2016
Someone from Peoria, IL writes:
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The author(s) of any song played on a "hobby" station should be thankful that their works are getting attention that otherwise they would likely not be getting from commercial stations. Listeners to small web stations are also likely to seek out & buy this music in whatever form it may still be available. I'd doubt anyone is being denied royalties in any amount that would deny them their next Big Mac. This country continues to be plagued by far too much government intervention; even small webcasters fall victim. Greed slithers on..
Mar 20th, 2016
Someone from Colton, CA writes:
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When you pass bills, pass them thinking of all not just the big guys. Stop stepping on the little guy.
Mar 18th, 2016
Someone from Lodi, CA signed.
Mar 18th, 2016
Someone from Philmont, NY signed.
Mar 17th, 2016
Someone from Breezy Point, NY signed.
Mar 17th, 2016
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Mar 15th, 2016
Someone from Westport, MA signed.
Mar 15th, 2016
Someone from Williamstown, NJ signed.
Mar 14th, 2016
Someone from Tallahassee, FL writes:
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All this for the love of money, power, greed and control. The people that lose the most are the artist. Honestly, We all lose because you may never get the opportunity hear that song.
Mar 13th, 2016
Someone from Chicago, IL writes:
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Unfair to many and destroys creative programming.
Mar 13th, 2016
Someone from Valencia, CA signed.
Mar 13th, 2016
Someone from Valencia, CA signed.
Mar 13th, 2016
Someone from Newfield, NY writes:
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I hope your happy, that now I have taken my station's licensing OUT of the United States to be able to broadcast IN the United states ! You people in government are really stupid and should be fired ! You have no idea how to respect your own people ! You'd rather give OUR hard earned tax dollars to people in other countries who hate our guts ! And you wonder why people are voting for Trump ! Smarten up ! Take care of your own people for a change !
Mar 13th, 2016
Someone from Media, PA signed.
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Someone from Media, PA signed.
Mar 11th, 2016
Someone from Covington, PA signed.
Mar 11th, 2016
Someone from East Greenville, PA signed.
Mar 10th, 2016
Someone from New Derry, PA writes:
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PERSONAL FEELING OF RAISING RATES THAT HIGH YOU MUST BE TRYING TO FORCE EVERYONE OFF LISTENING TO INTERNET RADIO, THE PEOPLE THAT RUN THE RADIO STATIONS ARE NOT MILLIONAIRES. MANY DO THIS AS A HOBBY AND LIVE ON FIXED INCOMES. THEY ARE NOT MAKING MONEY, THEY DO IT FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC.
Mar 10th, 2016
Someone from Glen Daniel, WV signed.
Mar 10th, 2016
Someone from Toms River, NJ signed.
Mar 9th, 2016
Someone from Athens, AL signed.
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