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HOT DOC: Arlen Specter Ignores 11,000 Constituents!

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Dear Indy Music Lover,

Thank you for signing our online petition in support of the
Internet Radio Equality Act.
You joined over 11,000 others in
telling our Representatives in Washington how strongly the XPN
community feels on this issue. We gave the petition to Senator
Specter
‘s office, and while he has expressed sympathy for our
concerns, he has yet to commit to supporting the bill.

radio.JPGThe current situation is less than encouraging. Our request in
court for a stay of the July 15 roll-out date for the new royalty rates (retroactive for 18 months) has been denied. It is highly unlikely that Congress will move on this legislation in the near future. The consensus on the Hill is that this should be resolved through negotiations.

Talks have yet to be productive. They will continue right through the deadline. I’m still somewhat optimistic that we can find common ground that is in the best interest of both artist and audience. We do not plan any changes in our internet music streaming until we have exhausted all alternatives. I will update you when there is any news.

Keep the faith!

Roger LaMay

General Manager, WXPN 88.5 FM

PREVIOUSLY: The Day The Music Died

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SOURCE: Bridge Ratings

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One Response to “HOT DOC: Arlen Specter Ignores 11,000 Constituents!”

  1. Allan Smithee Says:

    update:

    Dear (name withheld):

    The good news is that we’re still streaming unencumbered and your support seems to be making a difference!

    The Sound Exchange (the RIAA organization conducting the negotiations on behalf of the record companies and artists) has allowed the deadline to go by without enforcement of the rates put into law by the Copyright Review Board. They have done so under pressure from Congress to negotiate a more equitable structure.

    Congress has leaned on the RIAA because across the country, internet stream listeners and independent music supporters have let Congress know their concern. Thank you!

    With the threat of legislation on the horizon, the Sound Exchange has agreed to continue to negotiate with us in good faith for up to three more months. There are three separate discussions going on. The mega-webcasters have reached a partial agreement though major issues remain. The independent webcasters are still apparently trying to work their way to a share-of-revenue model. The non-commercial broadcasters, represented by NPR and CPB (and a third group repping college student operated stations) are talking with Sound Exchange about a reduced rate and a less burdensome reporting structure. All the agreements would include improved reporting of music usage.

    So we still have a ways to go, but there is a real chance of achieving a sustainable agreement.

    Stay tuned and stay informed: Sign up for the XPN E-Newsletter today.

    Sincerely,

    Roger LaMay

    XPN Station Manager

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