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Saving Internet Radio

We're publishing a letter from Tim Westergren, founder of Pandora on the crisis now facing Internet radio. Please show your support

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by LamontPaul, for outsideleft.com
originally published: April, 2007
Understand that we are fully supportive of paying royalties to the artists whose music we play, and have done so since our inception.
by LamontPaul, for outsideleft.com
originally published: April, 2007
Understand that we are fully supportive of paying royalties to the artists whose music we play, and have done so since our inception.

What follows is a letter from Pandora's Tim Westergren regarding the crisis facing all music broadcasters on the internet. His letter includes a link to sign the petition a coalition of interested groups have put together. Please sign the petition and please copy the contents of Tim's letter and send it, or send a link to this page (http://outsideleft.com/main.php?updateID=815) to your friends. And even in this instance your enemies. It's late in the day, but it may not be too late...

Hi, it's Tim from Pandora,

I'm writing today to ask for your help. The survival of Pandora and all of Internet radio is in jeopardy because of a recent decision by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC to almost triple the licensing fees for Internet radio sites like Pandora. The new royalty rates are irrationally high, more than four times what satellite radio pays, and broadcast radio doesn't pay these at all. Left unchanged, these new royalties will kill every Internet radio site, including Pandora.

In response to these new and unfair fees, we have formed the SaveNetRadio Coalition, a group that includes listeners, artists, labels and webcasters. I hope that you will consider joining us.

Please sign our petition urging your Congressional representative to act to save Internet radio:
http://capwiz.com/saveinternetradio/issues/alert/?alertid=9631541

Please feel free to forward this link/email to your friends - the more petitioners we can get, the better.

Understand that we are fully supportive of paying royalties to the artists whose music we play, and have done so since our inception. As a former touring musician myself, I'm no stranger to the challenges facing working musicians. The issue we have with the recent ruling is that it puts the cost of streaming far out of the range of ANY webcaster's business potential.

I hope you'll take just a few minutes to sign our petition - it WILL make a difference. As a young industry, we do not have the lobbying power of the RIAA. You, our listeners, are by far our biggest and most influential allies.

As always, and now more than ever, thank you for your support.

tims signature

- Tim Westergren
(Pandora founder)

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