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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 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.
Feb 25th, 2016
Someone from Mckeesport, PA writes:
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I had a small radio station on live365.com. I made no money on the station. My goal was to promote the local music scene in Pittsburgh and feature the local artists. I purchased all of the music or it was donated by the artist. I never pirated any music. Now there is just an empty space on the internet.
Feb 23rd, 2016
Someone from Seattle, WA signed.
Feb 23rd, 2016
Someone from Brooklyn, NY signed.
Feb 23rd, 2016
Someone from Clearwater, FL signed.
Feb 23rd, 2016
Someone from Winchester, MA writes:
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After 14 years on the air CKDSRadio is down, we were not for profit and rarelly made back the small fees we paid, we did it out of love for music and entertainment we are going back on the air using a british licence "PRS for MUSIC LIMITED ONLINE MUSIC LICENCES" its only £130 a year by making it impossible for people to afford US licences they just wont get them so congress and licencing firms are just costing themselves money.
Feb 22nd, 2016
Someone from Garland, ME writes:
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small internet radio stations should be exempt from this. they are not making money from this, most do it as a hobby not to make any money.
Feb 22nd, 2016
Someone from Paso Robles, CA signed.
Feb 22nd, 2016
Someone from Springfield, MO writes:
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These new rates mandated by HR1733 are exorbitant and will hobble and probably destroy smaller webcaster internet radio stations and create yet another opportunity for a monopoly like IHeart and/or Pandora. I want to be able to venture OUTSIDE of what these monopolies dictate. Save small Internet broadcasting!! I cannot imagine losing a great station such as KCOR in Kansas City!
Feb 22nd, 2016
Someone from Orlando, FL signed.
Feb 20th, 2016
Someone from Fort Pierce, FL signed.
Feb 18th, 2016
Someone from Tampa, FL writes:
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I am hoping and PRAYING that someone / MANY in congress will see that internet radio MUST BE SAVED, and ALLOWED to continue and have a chance at being profitable! CONGRESS - PLEASE - WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!
Feb 18th, 2016
Someone from Detroit, MI signed.
Feb 18th, 2016
Someone from Brodheadsville, PA signed.
Feb 16th, 2016
Someone from Saint Charles, MO signed.
Feb 16th, 2016
Someone from Chester, MD signed.
Feb 15th, 2016
Someone from Goodlettsville, TN signed.
Feb 15th, 2016
Someone from Seattle, WA signed.
Feb 15th, 2016
Someone from Kure Beach, NC signed.
Feb 14th, 2016
Someone from Saint Louis, MO signed.
Feb 14th, 2016
Someone from Potomac, MD signed.
Feb 14th, 2016
Someone from Potomac, MD signed.
Feb 14th, 2016
Someone from Berlin, MD signed.
Feb 14th, 2016
Someone from Fond Du Lac, WI signed.
Feb 13th, 2016
Someone from Newton, NJ signed.
Feb 13th, 2016
Someone from Phoenix, AZ writes:
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I don't think there is a person who has signed this that doesn't fee that artists deserve to to be compensated. At a cost of over $200/user/year, most non-commercial small broadcasters simply cannot ask for listeners to contribute that much to pay these fees. With lower fees, user can be asked to support their station, and with a proliferation of thousands of small stations, the artists will still collect, in the aggregate, more fees that they will likely collect if only the Pandoras of the industry survive.
Feb 12th, 2016
Someone from Suwanee, GA signed.
Feb 12th, 2016
Someone from Indianapolis, IN signed.
Feb 12th, 2016
Someone from West Linn, OR writes:
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Smaller, niche online broadcasters are going extinct because of recent adjustments to royalty rates. What's the point in listening to the same old stuff on Pandora when I can listen to the same old stuff on terrestrial radio?
Feb 12th, 2016
Someone from Schenectady, NY signed.
Feb 11th, 2016
Someone from New Creek, WV signed.
Feb 10th, 2016
Someone from Ellenwood, GA writes:
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I signed the petition because of Tricia Clarke
Feb 10th, 2016
Someone from Ellenwood, GA writes:
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Tricia Clarke
Feb 9th, 2016
Someone from Appleton, WI signed.
Feb 9th, 2016
Someone from Albany, GA writes:
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Please keep small internet radio stations of the air. Internet radio provides music and other content not available elsewhere. Allowing this legislation to stand will not only harm small webcasters, but also limit the struggling artists chances of their music being heard. That's not to mention that music not normally heard on terrestrial (AM/FM) radio will also be non-existent online. Again, I urge the CRB to reconsider its decision to rescind the Small Webcaster's Settlement Act of 2002. Thank you.
Feb 9th, 2016
Someone from Saint Peters, MO writes:
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The music most stations play today is geared towards the upcoming generation. There is no comparison to the music we grew up on and no other place of us to enjoy it. These rates are totally unfair and should not be allowed!!
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