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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
Feb 1st, 2016
Someone from Lake Orion, MI signed.
Feb 1st, 2016
Someone from Brooklyn, NY signed.
Feb 1st, 2016
Someone from Indianapolis, IN writes:
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Making broadcasting prohibitively expensive infringes upon freedom of speech and severely hampers independent music/art/political commentary, undermines competition and limits access to big corporate radio streams. FIX THIS.
Feb 1st, 2016
Someone from Pittsburgh, PA signed.
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Someone from Alpharetta, GA signed.
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Someone from Ypsilanti, MI signed.
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Someone from Brooklyn, NY signed.
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Someone from Boerne, TX signed.
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Someone from East Peoria, IL signed.
Jan 31st, 2016
Someone from Omaha, NE signed.
Jan 31st, 2016
Someone from Chicago Ridge, IL signed.
Jan 29th, 2016
Someone from Palm Harbor, FL signed.
Jan 29th, 2016
Someone from Mukwonago, WI writes:
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Our stream compliments our LPFM signal, and we pay ASCAP, BMI and SESAC compulsory licensing fees. I understand what you are attempting to cover is somehow different. Our stream typically has Zero (0) people connected, as we had a peak of 8 (eight) once during a live performance session of an artist in our studio last summer. $500 per year is out of the question as an expense for WFAQ-LP FM as we even struggle to pay the ASCAP, BMI and SESAC compulsory licensing fees. Regards, Todd Ciske, GM WFAQ-LP FM
Jan 29th, 2016
Someone from Lawrenceville, GA signed.
Jan 28th, 2016
Someone from Asheville, NC signed.
Jan 28th, 2016
Someone from Asheville, NC signed.
Jan 28th, 2016
Someone from Lanoka Harbor, NJ signed.
Jan 28th, 2016
Someone from Asheville, NC writes:
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The exorbitant new royalty rates, which treat small webcasters as if they were large commercial operations, is imbalanced and lacking logic. The net effect is to cause many small webcasters to go offline, thus limiting American's access to Free Speech. This new pricing regime must be repealed immediately and internet radio allowed to flourish.
Jan 27th, 2016
Someone from Kodak, TN signed.
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Someone from Brookland, AR signed.
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Someone from Sherman Oaks, CA signed.
Jan 26th, 2016
Someone from Albany, GA signed.
Jan 26th, 2016
Someone from Nashville, TN signed.
Jan 25th, 2016
Someone from Roswell, NM signed.
Jan 25th, 2016
Someone from Olathe, KS signed.
Jan 25th, 2016
Someone from Phoenix, AZ writes:
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Just like in the days of Napster we are once again facing the music companies fighting against progress in regards to technology. You are once again ignoring what consumers want, and forcing it the way you want it instead of growing to meet what the consumer wants. Technology is moving forward and the consumer wants internet radio, and they want to have a choice of where they can get that special stream that meets their listening needs. By getting rid of the small broadcaster provision you are essentially indirectly telling the consumer that they don't have a choice, because that small little broadcast they loved so much isn't able to afford the outrageous fees to keep their stream up. You are also hurting the small businesses that provide services in relation to internet radio. You are forcing the hand of the consumer, and just like in the Napster days the consumer is going to find a way to get what they want regardless if its legal or illegal. The opportunity you have to progress, and monetize the small stations is fading away slowly, you are killing the very entrepreneurial spirit that this great country once emphasized and pushed for. Nobody wants it for free, but nobody wants to be gouged for every penny and piece of lint that may be left in their pockets. Thousands of extremely bright, funny, entertaining, and intelligent people had to sadly shut down the very thing they loved so much because of what? Greed? What are you losing by keeping a small broadcaster provision in? Nothing! You only benefit. You let us down once again, and once again the consumer will fight back in ways that will only hurt your pocket books because they will get the content they want, in the way they want it regardless if you are on board or not. Unfortunately for me as a small business owner, it doesn't look good, and there isn't any way for me to move past this. Stop putting up walls, and embrace technology and the future or we are going to leave you in the dust. The past few weeks will be marked on your calendar as the day you made the incorrect choice of fighting what the consumer wants.
Jan 25th, 2016
Someone from Ridgecrest, CA signed.
Jan 25th, 2016
Someone from Waipahu, HI signed.
Jan 24th, 2016
Someone from San Antonio, TX signed.
Jan 24th, 2016
Someone from Washington, DC signed.
Jan 24th, 2016
Someone from Ridgecrest, CA signed.
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Someone from Muskegon, MI signed.
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Someone from Los Angeles, CA signed.
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Someone from Saint Louis, MO signed.
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Someone from San Diego, CA signed.
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Someone from Washington, DC signed.
Jan 24th, 2016
Someone from French Creek, WV signed.
Jan 23rd, 2016
Someone from Dedham, MA writes:
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Please help save net radio - the new land of awesome free form music. FM radio has lost that edge.
Jan 23rd, 2016
Someone from Saint Petersburg, FL writes:
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.0017 per listener, per song. If a station has 300 listeners on average during the day where they play 15 songs per hour, that's 300*15*24*31*.0017 or $5,691.60 per month! Even if someone had only 20 listeners, which is clearly hobby level, that's about $400/mo. for SoundExchange alone. ASCAP, BMI and SESAC (often SoCAN) get added to that bill. Those nano-pennies add up for a hobbyist with little to no revenue. Artists, writers and copyright holders should to be paid. There's no question about that, but creating a situation that forces small broadcasters offline eliminates another avenue of exposure for many of those indie labels and artists.
Jan 23rd, 2016
Someone from Belleville, IL writes:
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Your actions have caused a lot of great internet staion to shut down. Not a good move. Less money for artist.The very thing this was suppose to support.
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