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Opposition to Copyright Royalty Board
The Copyright Royalty Board has handed down a decision after meeting behind closed doors with Pandora and coming to an agreement in reference to royalty rate increases ( http://www.loc.gov/crb/web-iv/amended-web-iv-terms.pdf ) that literally cripples any small webcaster anywhere in the United States of America !

In this agreement it states that the rate is $0.17 per 100 songs , per listener , raising rates so high that it makes it unaffordable by any broadcaster anywhere.

While this bill HR1733 is good to force terrestrial radio to finally pay royalties which they had never done since the beginning of internet broadcasting, the original " Small Webcaster Settlement Act " ( SWSA ) has been eliminated making no provision whatsoever for hobbyist broadcasters who have no revenue to pay the outlandish fee's that would be incurred upon them by the elimination of this agreement.

It also creates a monopoly which according to US law has been deemed illegal in the United States of America , allowing only major corporations like Pandora and iHeart Radio to control what is being heard on the internet.

For years, small webcasters have been paying royalty fee's when terrestrial was not! And as a thank you for all the years of trying to do what was right , to be lawful and pay royalties that artists worldwide have worked so hard for and deserve, the Copyright Royalty Board has decided only the wealthy should be allowed to broadcast, thus ending small broadcasters tiny businesses all over the USA.

Finally, this bill does not only affect the small broadcaster , but affects many businesses that small webcasters have supported as well thus eliminating literally MILLIONS of dollars of spending in business such as :
* Streaming Servers
* Chatrooms and servers
* Messengers
* Communities and servers
* Games
* Webhosting and servers
* Banner Hosting services and many other services !


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posted 31-12-2015 | 14:46:43 | article number: 9

Eddie Reed (Mike Rideout) Dies Dec 22, 2015
friend Eddie Reed (Mike Rideout) and his unconditional loving wife Sandra Rideout by his side while he slips away. He died of liver, kidney shutting down, and a brain tumor Eddie was one of the most dynamic singers/songwriter and entertainers this world has ever experienced. He put smiles on millions of people throughout 55 years of entertaining... from Hawaii to Nova Scotia (The original songwriter of "Born to be Wild"). Eddie was the Forest Gump of music, his photo albums and 45s he wrote songs with Boyce & Hart - songwriters/ producers of The Monkees, auditioned for the Monkees and knew Micky Doelnz, acted in episodes of Hawaii Five-O, friend of Jack Lord, a friend of Del Shannon, Elvis tour for miliary troups in Hawaii, wrote famous cowboy rodeo song "Another Rodeo to Go" for Brian Claypool - Hall of Fame Cowboy. Eddie knew many friends of Frank Sinatra & Elvis, sang with Frankie Lane, filled in for him as well, the list of achievements are endless... he was parked outside across the street where Robert Kennedy was shot, waiting for his wife to get off work, he was at the Hollywood Bowl when the Beatles performed in 1964.

posted 18-01-2016 | 14:09:28 | article number: 8

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