Tuesday Day of Silence

Posted by Abdel Kadz on Sunday, June 17, 2007 with No comments

It’s sad what is happening in the world of Internet music right now. The Copyright Royalty Board has increased the royalty rights for all Internet webcasters which are outrageously higher compared to these stations' total earnings. Webcasters like Pandora.com, Yahoo! Launch, Rhapsody, 1Club.FM (the one I always tune in), and others are in danger of closing if the high rate increase is implemented come July 15. And today, as a form of protest, these stations are staging and observing the Day of Silence (June 26 in the U.S.). This simply means that they're not playing anything. What they want their listeners to do is to take action by supporting the “Internet Radio Equality Act” through letters sent and calls made to their Congressional Representatives and U.S. Senators urging the latter to co-sponsor the said act so that this Day of Silence will not be permanent. I hope that all Americans support this as most Internet radio stations operate in the U.S. I already know what it feels like to have internet radio stations not made available to us--and it’s unimaginable--and this Day of Silence is just the tip of the iceberg. Do something. Act Now.