Yet Another Reason to Boycott the RIAA

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The Copyright Royalty Board has decided to accept the "per play" royalty rates proposed for internet radio channels by the RIAA's digital music extortion fee collection organization, Sound Exchange, despite protests by webcasters.

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"Per performance" rates are charged per stream per listener. The example the Radio and Internet Newsletter gives is that an "audience of 500 listeners racks up 500 'performances' for each song" played. There is also a minimum fee of 500 bucks per station, even for tiny or noncommercial ones.

Why is this a big deal? "That math suggests that the royalty rate decision — for the performance alone, not even including composers' royalties! — is in the in the ballpark of 100% or more of total revenues." It's never enough is it?

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Webcast royalty rate decision announced [RAIN via Slashdot]
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The RIAA is just grasping at the last straws of it's dying empire. In 5 years it's minions probably won't even be able to pay for their liquid lunches anymore.

The Democrats are coming back kids! That means down with corporate greed and up with liberal need!

Sooner or later bands are going to figure out that they don't need the record producers and distributors to get paid for making music. They'll just make it. Put it on line and charge advertisers for space on their web sites. The other neat things that will be going down will be things like you'll be able to get a video of the concert you went to, or see the band in their studio, or talk to the musicians on chat. the possibilities are endless. The musicians just have to break away from the RIAA institutionalized slavery format and discover the web! Give it time. No one will even know what the RIAA is in 10 years. Tick Tock Tick Tock ....Those boys at RIAA are running scared!