This news has been all over the net and has made it into the national news, but in case you’re not familiar with it, a recent decision by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) is putting streaming radio at risk, as the rate structure they’ve proposed to put in place seems likely to drive most or even all of the independent internet radio stations out of business. It’s pretty clear that this is simply the content cartel trying to destroy internet radio. Here are a couple of resources you can review and draw your own conclusions:
An article on the Radio and Internet Newsletter
A radioparadise essay on the topic
If after examining the issue you’re so inclined, consider signing this petition
For what it’s worth, here’s what I signed on the petition:
Crafting legislation to protect the business interests of existing proto-monopolies at the expense of innovative new business development is not in the consumers’ or artists’ interest. Please reconsider and craft sensible rate structures that compensate rights holders while facilitating business development.