|FROM ||Ron Guerin
|SUBJECT ||Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] internet radio
|Ron Guerin wrote:
> I'm not aware of talk stations having to pay royalties. That really
> would be outrageous but wouldn't surprise me much. One of the problems
> that I'm concerned about is that there were stations that were playing
> music over which SoundExchange has no authority, and I think the
> stations *do* have to pay SoundExchange for those. The other was that
> the royalty rates made it impossible for small stations to remain
> operational. I think it's still a big problem if there's a deal by
> which only the big stations can survive. That would be a "tragedy of
> the Internet" by mocking what's happened to traditional radio.
/"One unheard-from group is less likely to be pleased: small Internet
radio broadcasters. Buried in the details are a new minimum royalty
payment: $25,000 per year. So say goodbye to all of the small Internet
radio stations that you have been listening to, as they will no longer
afford to operate legally."
And there it is. As I suspected, the stations we've been concerned
about are indeed still getting screwed and put out of business. Beware
settlements between the large parties, the little guys always get screwed.