Well, the new legislation for higher internet broadcasting royalty payments does into effect on the 15th. NPR's move to get a stay on the new rates has been shot down, and this was sort of the last hope for independent web radio broadcasters to stay in business. What is this all about?
the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) and SoundExchange have established new royalty rates for anyone broadcasting music on the internet. This includes web only stations and terrestrial stations that simulcast on the internet. These new rates are oppressive and will result in the end of many internet only stations, as well as the termination of web service by many non-commercial stations that simulcast on the internet. Stations like KMSU.
The people most effected by this new royalty scheme will the independent media voices: The voices that are not controlled by stock holders and commercial interests. The outlets that do answer to those parties already have all the money in the world, and will likely have no problem paying these excessive new rates. As it it, the new royalties required to be paid would exceed the total income for the independent stations trying to get their voices heard.
This is a desperate moment for internet radio. Even though we are only days away from these changes, it isn't too late to speak up. To find out who you can talk to to get your voice heard, go to http://www.savenetradio.org/ and find out who in Washington you can contact.
Only time will tell what this will mean for KMSU's webcast. I know we have loads of people listening to Shuffle Function all over the country, and the world for that matter. These new royalties have the potential to cut off that audience.
In a nutshell, that sucks.