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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
Mar 7th, 2016
Someone from Pahrump, NV signed.
Mar 7th, 2016
Someone from Lebanon, NH writes:
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Small broadcasters/webcasters aren't making money off Artists. Generally speaking - they lose money broadcasting. Royalty rates for Artists (whom we all love & support) should be fair & proportional to how much money is actually being made (or - not made) from broadcasting their work. A few huge streaming services are raking in profits - & not paying Artists fair compensation - while the new royalty rates are choking out small broad/webcasters. This isn't fair - it isn't right - & it benefits no one - not the Artist, the Webcasters, nor we the Listeners.
Mar 7th, 2016
Someone from Los Banos, CA writes:
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Fast one pulled here. Fix it!
Mar 7th, 2016
Someone from Apex, NC signed.
Mar 7th, 2016
Someone from Newark, IL signed.
Mar 7th, 2016
Someone from Rockford, IL signed.
Mar 7th, 2016
Someone from Lehighton, PA writes:
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please please keep cost down...do the right thing
Mar 7th, 2016
Someone from Lehighton, PA signed.
Mar 7th, 2016
Someone from Fox Lake, IL writes:
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It does not benefit anyone, especially the license-holders, to destroy all the royalty-paying internet radio stations.
Mar 7th, 2016
Someone from Fort Worth, TX signed.
Mar 6th, 2016
Someone from Blackstone, VA signed.
Mar 6th, 2016
Someone from Blackstone, VA writes:
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please keep costs down
Mar 6th, 2016
Someone from Taylor, MI signed.
Mar 6th, 2016
Someone from Merrill, WI signed.
Mar 6th, 2016
Someone from Nesquehoning, PA signed.
Mar 5th, 2016
Someone from Bay City, MI signed.
Mar 5th, 2016
Someone from Wytheville, VA signed.
Mar 5th, 2016
Someone from Magna, UT signed.
Mar 5th, 2016
Someone from Bay City, MI signed.
Mar 5th, 2016
Someone from Ann Arbor, MI signed.
Mar 5th, 2016
Someone from Charlotte, NC signed.
Mar 5th, 2016
Someone from Saginaw, MI writes:
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As a musician, I rely on small internet radio. They will be hurt by the higher rates.
Mar 5th, 2016
Someone from Bay City, MI signed.
Mar 5th, 2016
Someone from Missoula, MT signed.
Mar 4th, 2016
Someone from Missoula, MT signed.
Mar 4th, 2016
Someone from Indianapolis, IN writes:
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Let internet radio have a fighting chance. Do the right thing......
Mar 4th, 2016
Someone from Missoula, MT signed.
Mar 4th, 2016
Someone from Indianapolis, IN writes:
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Let internet radio have a fighting chance. Do the right thing......
Mar 4th, 2016
Someone from Missoula, MT signed.
Mar 4th, 2016
Someone from Hamden, CT signed.
Mar 3rd, 2016
Someone from Holt, MI writes:
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Once again the greedy few destroy something for their own selfish reasons. Radio in any form should be readily availanle for all without ridiculous cost to line the pockets of special interest groups. Don't allow this please. I purchase many new albums because of internet radio and it's an important part of my life. Let radio operate without greed. Stop with trying to control every aspect of our lives becaus rich people aren't rich enough. Just stop.
Mar 2nd, 2016
Someone from Mio, MI signed.
Mar 2nd, 2016
Someone from Nashville, TN writes:
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Small broadcaster fill holes the major broadcasters can not and will not serve. More affordable options are needed for regular Americans.
Mar 2nd, 2016
Someone from Proctorville, OH signed.
Mar 2nd, 2016
Someone from Knoxville, TN signed.
Mar 2nd, 2016
Someone from Seymour, TN signed.
Mar 1st, 2016
Someone from Fitzwilliam, NH signed.
Feb 29th, 2016
Someone from Half Moon Bay, CA writes:
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It seems the greed by some will now come at the expense of a great many. I listen to internet radio daily (and nightly). It is so nice to have the choices available without cost that we now have. I listen via iTunes and love the opportunity of having so many genres, and stations within each one. To lose that because of greed, particularly at the expense of the artists, is (imho) criminal. Music should be shared, not restricted. I would ask for and support being as reasonable with those that fill the needs and wants, like mine, by providing the "small webcasters" and their listeners the continuation of the opportunities we have now. Music is so special, so important. To take that away, to narrow the field to those few big boys by eliminating their competition (to any degree) takes us all backwards and violates the very core of what this country is. Please do what you need to do to keep us listening; Please do the right thing. Thank you.
Feb 27th, 2016
Someone from Mora, MN signed.
Feb 26th, 2016
Someone from Minneapolis, MN signed.