Thursday, April 26, 2007

Our Last Chance to save Internet Radio!

Today, Reps. Don Manzullo (R-IL) and Jay Inslee (D-WA) introduced the Internet Radio Equality Act. This bill would roll back the copyright royalty rates instituted last month that would close down most, if not all, U.S. internet radio stations by May 15th. The Act sets a copyright royalty rate of 7.5% of gross revenues (roughly equal to the rate for satelite radio) from Jan. 1, 2006 through Dec. 31, 2010.

Go to for quick links to call, write, or email your Representative & ask them to co-sponsor the bill. It needs 270 sponsors to avoid the standard hearings process, which could take months: This has to be passed by the House & the Senate before May 15th (when back royalties are due under the CRB decision), or there'll be No Internet Radio in the United States to save. Go ahead & contact your state's two Senators also. Let them know that this bill is supported by a huge number of people & they'd better jump on the train as it comes through!


Love & Peace, Clarence Jones

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