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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
Jan 21st, 2016
Someone from Fayetteville, NC signed.
Jan 21st, 2016
Someone from Waterbury, CT writes:
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As a small webcaster who started in 2006, I am heartbroken to see that small hobbyist webcasters have been forced to pay astronomical fees or shut down completely. It's anything but fair. In the near decade that my independent radio station has been running we have never made a dime, but have ALWAYS paid our royalties. Now what you are asking is for us to pay even more; so much more that its become a farce. We are small fish comparatively; and all we ask is that Fair Play, Fair Pay actually be fair to those of us who aren't raking in money hand over fist. We just want to be able to continue doing what we love, and do so affordably. Re-enact the small webcaster act!
Jan 21st, 2016
Someone from Cape Coral, FL signed.
Jan 21st, 2016
Someone from Prairie Village, KS signed.
Jan 21st, 2016
Someone from Reno, NV signed.
Jan 21st, 2016
Someone from Warrington, PA signed.
Jan 21st, 2016
Someone from Brooklyn, NY writes:
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My brother and I started Bullspike Radio because we have a love for rock and metal music that we needed to share. Plus we are both disabled and not only is it a form of therapy for us it also allows us to do radio when the industry doesn't want to hire disabled DJs.
Jan 21st, 2016
Someone from Massapequa Park, NY signed.
Jan 21st, 2016
Someone from Mckeesport, PA signed.
Jan 20th, 2016
Someone from Lawrenceville, GA writes:
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I am an avid supporter of the diversity of online/internet radio broadcasting. What is being done to these small businesses and small webcasters alike is both unfair and unjust. We really need everyone to take a stand on this issue to let our voices ring out that we will not tolerate being walked over and treated as if what we do is not vital or important to the music and radio industries. #SoundTheAlarm #TheSirenCampaign
Jan 20th, 2016
Someone from Lake City, FL signed.
Jan 20th, 2016
Someone from Warrenville, IL signed.
Jan 20th, 2016
Someone from Lutz, FL writes:
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I am one of those Internet broadcasters. I have been on since the inception of Internet radio in 1999. It is not fair that we have to pay as much as we do. It's taking the small Mom & Pop stations of the air. We are the ones that play the music that terrestrial radio will not play because it is either too old or just wasn't popular enough. This is a shame that we can't come to an agreement for the Hobby caster to be able to pay a piece of the pie. Just not big as of piece as everyone else....
Jan 20th, 2016
Someone from Clarendon Hills, IL signed.
Jan 20th, 2016
Someone from Germantown, TN signed.
Jan 20th, 2016
Someone from Westmont, IL signed.
Jan 20th, 2016
Someone from Downers Grove, IL signed.
Jan 19th, 2016
Someone from Lawrenceville, GA signed.
Jan 19th, 2016
Someone from Greenwood, FL signed.
Jan 19th, 2016
Someone from Vidalia, LA signed.
Jan 19th, 2016
Someone from Elmwood Park, IL signed.
Jan 19th, 2016
Someone from Mishawaka, IN writes:
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This will put virtually all Internet radio stations out of business, which will hurt small business advertisers, independent artists as well as the staff of each station. It will also ruduce the amount of royalties accrued as there will be less stations paying. Please reconsider this bias and unfair act.
Jan 19th, 2016
Someone from Dodge Center, MN signed.
Jan 19th, 2016
Someone from Fairburn, GA signed.
Jan 18th, 2016
Someone from Longmont, CO signed.
Jan 18th, 2016
Someone from Ellicott City, MD writes:
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The new rates may help artists like Taylor Swift (who does not need help) but it will HURT the talented artists working in bars for tips who deserve to be heard by a larger audience. It's the small broadcaster who gives them that audience. Now, the small broadcaster will no longer be able to afford to continue (most make zero dollars and do it for the love of the music). The kills internet radio, takes income away from the website providers and server providers the small broadcaster pays, takes diversity of music from the listener AND takes all chances of very talented artists trying to make it from being heard. More business and people you can imagine will be hurt by this.
Jan 17th, 2016
Someone from Atlanta, GA writes:
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This is madness
Jan 16th, 2016
Someone from Johns Island, SC writes:
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I am very disappointed that our government allows this to happen to small broadcasters, for an industry (radio) that paved the way for so much of the entertainment industry as we know it today. It appears that once again, corporate dollars and special interests make the laws, and that the voters, unable to elect new, ethical politicians into office who are willing to do the right thing instead of increasing their campaign coffers, suffer once again. Please reconsider these decisions which will knock out hundreds of small-to-intermediate sized broadcasters. Please reconsider your decisions and be representatives of the people, and not the corporations.
Jan 16th, 2016
Someone from Albany, NY signed.
Jan 16th, 2016
Someone from Aberdeen, MD writes:
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This decision will hurt the artists and it will hurt those small webcasters who do the most to promote the music. This decision is truly one sided and being a broadcaster myself, I see the uneven playing field in this business. It should be a decision to benefit all.
Jan 16th, 2016
Someone from Monroe, LA signed.
Jan 15th, 2016
Someone from Eudora, KS signed.
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Someone from Lothian, MD signed.
Jan 14th, 2016
Someone from Marina Del Rey, CA signed.
Jan 13th, 2016
Someone from Gloucester City, NJ signed.
Jan 13th, 2016
Someone from Rochester, MN writes:
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This is so necessary!! Please!!
Jan 13th, 2016
Someone from Philadelphia, PA signed.
Jan 13th, 2016
Someone from Rice Lake, WI signed.
Jan 12th, 2016
Someone from Faribault, MN signed.
Jan 12th, 2016
Someone from York, PA signed.