Thursday, July 5, 2007

What SoundExchange doesn't want you to know, #712

KCRW reporter Celia Hirschman tells us what we didn't know about SoundExchange's most recent offer:
They issued a press release stating that they would cap the $500 per channel per year "administrative fee" for Webcasters at a maximum of $2500 per service per year. Nice idea, eh? Well, what they Did Not say was that they'd cap the fee IF:
Webcasters would agree to drop all push for a legislative solution (aka the Internet Radio Equality Act) now And Anytime in the future.

Gee, how kind.

Especially since the cap is only for 3 years, retroactive to Jan. 2006. Which means that in 2009 this mess starts again.

To quote that great judge of character, Bugs Bunny, "What a Maroon!"
Love & Peace, Clarence

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