Wednesday, May 1, 2002  [!]

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Mayday! The silence of the Lambs led to slaughter... er, the silence of internet radio in the face of its slaughter....

So today is a day of silence—in protest and to see what the results would be like.

Read more on Doc's web site. is the place with the info. Alas, their server is very busy today, last I checked, it was slammed with too many hits.

America's fledgling Internet radio industry could be effectively killed on May 21st if the Librarian of Congress (1) accepts the recommendations of its recent Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel ("CARP") concerning Internet radio royalty rates and (2) sets impossibly-complex recordkeeping requirements.
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USA Today covers the story. [via Daypop Top 40]

Hundreds of Internet radio stations plan to go silent Wednesday to protest proposed record-label royalty payments they say would endanger their industry.

[...]The fee sounds tiny — 14/100ths of a cent — but it's per song and per listener, and Net radio operators, most of whom serve niche audiences, say the fees quickly multiply. Traditional radio stations pay no performance royalties because of radio's proven role in promoting new music; in the proposed copyright fee structure, they would pay half of the Net-only broadcast fee when simulcasting on the Internet.

SJ Mercury News editorial about unfairness of per-song royalties for internet radio.

SF Gate story Houston Chronicle (Reuters) story

American Reporter carries a discussion by Pete Guttenberg on CARP

Live 365 on CARP

Royalty CARPulator Calculate what the royalties would cost.

Not that I personally listen to internet radio. Based on my (probably faulty) understanding, to listen to internet radio I'd have to use Real Player. I hate the way that whatever version of the app I have is out of date and doesn't work right and the Real website makes me do stupid pretzel tricks to hunt past the pro (paid) version in order to find the tiny link to the free player. Then more than half the time, the .ram stream doesn't work anyway. Life's too short. I skip all that crap. But that's no reason to saddle internet broadcasters with exorbitant fees that the other broadcasters don't have to pay.