Recording Industry Realizes People Aren't Happy About Webcasting Rates

from the how's-this? dept

Sensing that people aren’t thrilled with the new webcasting rates that were put in place, the recording industry today tried to offer something of a compromise for small webcasters, though the solution still has plenty of problems. Basically, this only fixes a very small part of the problem and will still make life difficult for plenty of webcasters (not to mention it only lasts for few years before we have to go through the whole asinine process again). However, the recording industry is probably hoping that this “compromise” is enough to scare off politicians who are looking to smack down the rates.


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Anonymous Coward says:

Uhm… none of the webcasts I listen to have paid any attention to the RIAA nor have they had the RIAA pay attention to them.
So… fuck em.
There’s less [no] regulations to webcasts than radio, and it’s a whole lot easier to set them up. Webcasts are exponentially multiplying as are their listeners.

I don’t see how they can hope to regulate webcasting when webcasts overall are much much larger than filesharing… you know? The thing used across several networks with terabytes of data across each one, most of the data being illegaly (by one standard or another) shared or acquired across millions of users? Yeah that. Good luck RIAA. I’d wish you the best, but I really don’t.

Anonymous Coward says:

What’s important here is not that some broadcasters will continue illegally, or that many listeners will listen illegally, or even that there’s woefully little anyone can really do about either.

What’s of utmost importance is that society’s individuals and the politicians (which they voted for) have let corporations take control of the situation.

This is another example of profits-first policy on the run.
It’s shameful, but the shame lies with society for accepting the status quo for so long.

People take time to write in blogs and forums, but how many write to politicians?

Make a pledge today to write to one politician this month.

T.J. says:

Kill the RIAA

http://www.sellaband.com/

Pays artists 60% like they deserve instead of the RIAAs ridiculous 3-8%. Allows user to listen and download music from bands they like for free, and you support bands you like in increments of $10 (from what I understand) for some free gear. Once the band reaches their goal of $50,000 they it gets spent on the best recording studios and best producers, and the people who ‘invested’ in the band previously get a free CD and a portion of their profits from CD sales.

Eric the Grey says:

What I never understood...

The thing that I never understood about the whole thing is how Soundforge could make the fees retroactive.

That’s like going to the grocery store and having the checker tell you that Milk is $.50 a gallon more, retroactively to last year, and now you have to pay the difference.

It makes no sense.

EtG

The infamous Joe says:

Re: What I never understood...

I’m fuzzy about details, but I read that the contract for the old rates ran out and they hadn’t decided on new rates, so everyone had to agree to pay, retroactively, the new rates when they were decided or stop playing the music.

Again, not sure where I read this, so use as fact at your own risk.

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