Internet Radio Music Safe For Now
Stream on! Local radio stations say they won't pull the plug on audio streaming music Sunday, the deadline for implement new royalty fees. Wired magazine says new royalty rates have been temporarily set aside while negotiations continue between webcasters and the organization which collects the fees for the recording industry.
That's great news. Stations have said they could not afford to pay hefty increases starting Sunday – retroactive to
"As of right now, we're planning on maintaining our music stream as long as financially feasible," says Richard Eiswerth, president and CEO of Cincinnati Public Radio, operators of classical WGUC-FM (90.9) and talk/jazz WVXU-FM (91.7).
Eiswerth and Bryan Jay Miller, www.WOXY.com general manager, testified before the House Small Business committee on June 28 seeking legislative relief. Eiswerth says WGUC-FM's fees would increase 250 percent under the new rates. Public radio's web streaming agreement with the Copyright Royalty Board expired at the end of 2004.
Managers for WNKU-FM (89.7),
“WOXY.com is hopeful that these negotiations will result in a long-term solution to the benefit of webcasters, artists, and labels alike,” says a statement posted this morning . http://woxy.lala.com/
In an interview with the Radio and Internet Newsletter today, Sound Exchange director John Simson said that royalty-compliant webcasters can continue operating after Sunday without fear of legal action.
"We will continue streaming as long as we can in the hopes Congress will soon intervene," says Aaron Sharpe, WNKU-FM development and marketing director. "Obviously we’ve reached the most critical stage of this situation, and it is more important than ever to speak out against the impending rate increase."
Internet listeners can find information about the stations’ campaign at