I mentioned back in March that unless there was some last minute change, you could wave goodbye to Internet Radio. Since then there have been a variety of news stories that raise hopes only to have them dashed later as Congressional action or new royalty plans or whatever fail to pan out. Now in a last ditch effort, Internet radio broadcasters have declared a Day of Silence:
Next Tuesday, June 26, thousands of US webcasters will go silent, including big names like Yahoo, Rhapsody, MTVOnline, and Pandora, as well as more local offerings like BluegrassCountry.org/WAMU.org and RadioMilwaukee.
Some webcasters will cut off their streams entirely while others will play static, ocean sounds, or similar fare with periodic public service announcements of what is happening.
“The arbitrary and drastic rate increases set by the Copyright Royalty Board on March 2nd threaten the very livelihood of thousands of webcasters and their millions of listeners throughout the country,” said Jake Ward, a spokesperson for the SaveNetRadio Coalition.
“On Tuesday, thousands of webcasters will call on their millions of listeners to join the fight to save Internet radio and contact their Congressional representatives to ask for their support of the Internet Radio Equality Act.”
Find out more at the SaveNetRadio Coalition website.