Some of you have already responded via email to KEXP’s decision regarding the Day of Silence observed by many webcasters today. I encourage you to read it, consider it, and to respond to it here.
|UPDATE: June 26, 2007
Facing the Music Royalty Hikes
Webcasters are participating in the June 26, 2007 “Day of Silence” to protest the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) decision regarding streaming music royalties.On July 15, the CRB decision becomes effective and brings an alarming increase in music royalty fees, along with other burdens, to KEXP for its streaming services. KEXP estimates a 6-figure increase in payments in the next year.To carry additional expense — while we already devote our organization to serving the music community — will constrain our ability to pursue our public service mission. KEXP’s core mission of public service — and the nearly $4 million we raise from the community annually in pursuing it — is laser-focused on championing artists, their fans and supporting labels as we serve our listeners.
Carrying this additional expense will likely require us to cut services or let go of projects.
While we applaud the energy that our fellow webcasters are putting towards affecting positive change via the “Day of Silence,” we ultimately feel an obligation to our listeners to not pull away our music services online from them. At the same time, we continue actively participating in efforts to bring about a reasonable solution.
I encourage you to continue to learn more about the CRB decision as the July 15th deadline to increase rates approaches. There are several places online to keep informed on this issue, read press clippings, sign petitions, send emails and contribute comments. Some of these places are listed below.
KEXP-FM and KEXP.org
For More Information
The decision by the CRB affects all public radio stations because it:
- Eliminates the distinction between noncommercial and commercial media
- Requires complicated record-keeping that will place an excessive burden on stations
- Penalizes public radio for fulfilling its statutorily-mandated mission of bringing new, culturally enriching programming to the American public
- Sets a chilling precedent for future rights discussions, negotiations and litigation that may undermine non-commercial public service programming
Tell Them Public Matters
Save The Streams
RAIN: Radio and Internet Newsletter
Copyright Royalty Board
Future of Music Coalition
Save Net Radio
How can you help?
You can contact your representatives on Capitol Hill to alert them to this decision and its potential negative impact on your station and public radio. Use your zip code to search for contact info:
U.S. House of Representatives
In addition to the points above, your message(s) to your representative(s) might include that public radio is asking for a reasonable solution to this issue, a solution that:
- respects the property rights of the artists and recording companies
- eliminates burdensome bureaucratic recordkeeping
- reduces costs of the CRB and SoundExchange (the industry recordkeeping agency)
- ensures that the public is served on the internet as it is served by public radio through broadcasting