[iDC] Fwd: The Day the Web Goes Silent

Andreas Schiffler aschiffler at ferzkopp.net
Sat Jun 23 18:49:28 EDT 2007

The planned activity was news to me ... maybe for some of you this is 
news as well (or you can contribute more information).

Source: WebProNews Newsletter, June 23, 2007

The Day the Web Goes Silent
Jason Lee Miller | Staff Writer

Not a moment of silence, but a full day of silence is planned by 
US-based webcasters, lots of them, in protest of the Copyright 
Royalty Board's increase in royalty rates. Internet radio stations 
argue the rate hikes are disproportionate and will shut down the 
entire Web radio industry.

Next Tuesday, June 26, thousands of US webcasters will go silent, 
including big names like Yahoo, Rhapsody, MTVOnline, and Pandora, 
as well as more local offerings like BluegrassCountry.org/WAMU.org 
and RadioMilwaukee.

Some webcasters will cut off their streams entirely while others 
will play static, ocean sounds, or similar fare with periodic 
public service announcements of what is happening.

"The arbitrary and drastic rate increases set by the Copyright 
Royalty Board on March 2nd threaten the very livelihood of 
thousands of webcasters and their millions of listeners 
throughout the country," said Jake Ward, a spokesperson for the 
SaveNetRadio Coalition. 

"The campaign to save Internet radio - a genuine grassroots 
movement comprised of hundreds of thousands of webcasters, artists 
and independent labels, and Net radio listeners - has quickly 
brought this issue to the national forefront and the halls of 
Congress, but there is still more to be done before the 
approaching deadline of July 15th.

"On Tuesday, thousands of webcasters will call on their millions 
of listeners to join the fight to save Internet radio and contact 
their Congressional representatives to ask for their support of the 
Internet Radio Equality Act."

After July 15, the CRB plans to impose its new rates, a policy that 
is retroactive, requiring Net radio providers pay the new rates for 
the previous 17 months as well.

The complete list on Internet radio stations participating in the 
Day of Silence are as follows: 

Yahoo!                            WPNA (Oak Park, IL),
Live365 stations,                 60's Chicks Radio/Seasons &
Rhapsody,                         Celebrations Radio,
MTV Online,                       STAR 107.9,
AccuRadio,                        WRPS/WebRadioPugetSound,
KCRW (Santa Monica, CA),          Puregold Rock 'N Roll,
Pandora,                          NeverEndingWonder Radio,
Radioio,                          RadioMilwaukee,
DigitallyImported,                BAGeL Radio,
RadioParadise,                    Gotradio/100hitz,
3WK,                              KDUN (Reedsport, OR),
myMVY,                            GDRadio.net,
Wizard Radio,                     KQLZ (Los Angeles, CA),
Born Again Radio,                 KXPR/KXJZ (Sacramento, CA),
Pearadio.com,                     NiceNoise.Net,
Ear.fm,                           BlackLight Radio,
WGLI (Bablylon, NY),              Pure Pop 24/7,
WMUK (Kalamazoo, MI),             Smooth Jazz and More,
Head-On Radio Network,            Reggae Nostalgia,
Zecom/Gemz Radio,                 WCH Radio/The Wave,
monkeygrip music cafe,            WYGS Southern Gospel Radio                         
KFCF (Fresno, CA),                Network,   
LuckySevenRadio.com,              BluegrassCountry.org/WAMU.
Blue Power/Guitar Speak,

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