[JPL] Royalty-Rate Hike Alarms Web Broadcasters

jazzrockworld rick at jazzrockworld.com
Wed Mar 7 20:04:29 EST 2007


Too bad my French is rusty, but I think I get the idea...

I may have lost the ability to gain an ear here, but this is an old song.
Unfortunately, it's a song that, once played, is played permanently. The
industry Octopus has every angle covered and there's no escape for anyone
associated with the RIAA. 

What has always baffled me is that while the Pharmaceutical/Medical industry
has the juice to make us see a doctor for medicine, whereas in most other
countries, people just go to a pharmacy - the RIAA has nowhere near that
strength, yet we seem to be willing to play by their rules. The FCC can
control FM but no one can control the Internet. Unless George Orwell's
monster can create a law that says "Any music anywhere in any form, must be
copyrighted and controlled" and it becomes a fact, there's only one solution
to this nightmare. Stop playing, selling, broadcasting, and performing
copyrighted material. Jazz musicians are generally pretty creative and most
are very capable of writing and performing their own material. They may need
the help of broadcasters and merchants to market it, but that doesn't mean
"RIAA or No Way". 

That may be a little to altruistic to swallow, but it's going to boil down
to something like that. Attitudes change and when W.C. Field's said "Godfrey
Daniels" instead of goddamnit to get around the Hayes Office controls, so
too will people find a way to get around the RIAA controls. It's only a
matter of time. Not everyone watches American Idol. 

Well, I'm tipping my hand a bit here, but that's the way I see it. 

Rick Calic
www.jazzrockworld.com 







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Pardon my French, but fuck the DMCA.

Has anyone been fined or prosecuted for playing more than 4 cuts in 3 hours?
Oh, I forgot, the RIAA is too busy going after 8 year olds who download the
SpongeBob theme.  
> 
> From: "Lazaro Vega" <wblv.wblu.fm at gmail.com>
> Date: 2007/03/07 Wed PM 03:42:12 CST
> To: "Jazz Programmers Mailing List" <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
> Subject: Re: [JPL] Royalty-Rate Hike Alarms Web Broadcasters
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> 
> I saw a breakout on this the other day, and read, too, that what's 
> been passed so far applies to commercial radio. A non-commercial rate 
> is forthcoming. When I get back to work on Thursday I'll foreword the 
> entire message with the full rates list.
> 
> For what it is worth this legislation found it's legal legs in the 
> Digital Millennium Copyright Act which passed under Clinton. The RIAA 
> lobby was able to get through its rules, which also govern programming 
> on line, and it's really impossible to follow those guidelines if 
> you're going to program pre-lp era jazz. Four cuts by Duke Ellington 
> in a three hour period, with no more than two in a row from the same 
> artist unless it's from an anthology, makes it impossible to 
> accurately portray on radio streamed on the web the breadth and scope 
> of Ellington's musical evolution or the profundity of his contribution 
> to the American way of life. More anti-intellectual bullshit from the 
> build me a house in the Hampton's right now crowd.
> 
> What's even more aggravating is that the music of the 1920's and 
> 1930's (the Dorsey Brothers had over 200 hits, hits now, commercial
> successes) survived every evolution of technology up to now and was 
> still reaching the people (if the people wanted to hear it). Now, 
> finally, an international dissemination system arrives and the music 
> is blocked, purely for greed, from reaching it's audience.
> 
> Furthermore, the Internet audience is a minuscule proportion of the 
> listener ship when compared to the FM base. Why should the majority of 
> listeners be penalized by a service used by the few? Of course you 
> bring this up and are told, "Well then block the stream, or don't web 
> stream." So the advice of the powers that be to the onslaught of talk 
> radio, the diminution of cultural awareness and the marginalization of 
> jazz is, Pay up or shut up. There is no consideration for the audience 
> in these rulings -- they're not viewed as imaginations to be reached 
> but vampires who want to pilfer the profit making abilities of the 
> record industries. Sorry if that sounds like over simplification but 
> where in these financially based commandments does the spirit of 
> partnership between the record industry, radio and radio's audience 
> lie?
> 
> We pay. We pay BMI and ASCAP in what are fair rates. We pay SoundScan 
> for the right to stream. That's fine. We should. That's fair.  I guess 
> the music industry feels they've been screwed since the 1920's by the 
> laws which governed broadcast royalties and now they're able to exact 
> their revenge by gouging the web streamers. The recording issue is 
> b.s. People have been recording music off of the radio since Duke 
> Ellington played the Cotton Club. The quality of that recording 
> changes with advances in technology yet web stream signals are not 
> direct digital transfers to a hard drive: the streams sound o.k. but 
> are certainly not CD quality sound, in other words are providing an 
> auditioning service not an end use service. And even if they did how 
> many people in an general audience are going to take the time and 
> invest in the equipment to catch a stream, format it and burn it into 
> replayable discs? Far fewer than the number of people who will listen 
> for it's own pleasure. And far fewer than the potential consumer base 
> reached by radio. See the foot, shoot the foot.
> 
> How does one communicate with this body? I know there are people who 
> are in front of them making the case for Internet radio but since 1996 
> they've been completely ineffective in stopping these crass, 
> anti-intellectual rulings.
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TED HOWE ''Love Song'':  The third release from Ted invites the listener
into a jazz time capsule of love songs.  And as fans and critics alike found
with ''Ellington'' and ''Elton Exposed'', Howe's virtuosic piano style and
arrangements lead straight to surprise.

Featuring the great jazz baritone Giacomo Gates and star of stage, screen
and television, Lainie Kazan on a couple of tunes, Ted Howe delivers a
beautiful recording of masterfully arranged standards (Arlen, Van Heusen,
Porter) and originals; a perfect mix of instrumentals and vocals.
http://www.summitrecords.com/product.tmpl?SKU=477

BOB FLORENCE LIMITED EDITION ''Eternal Licks and Grooves'':  Featuring Peter
Erskine, Carl Saunders and Scott Whitfield, this all-star big band offers
the listener what they have come to expect from the award-winning, legendary
bandleader Bob Florence - Sensitive yet powerful arrangements with a HUGE
sound that will put you on the edge of your seat.  Spectacular outing!

Includes ''Eternal Licks and Grooves'' commissioned by ASCAP and IAJE
honoring Count Basie and ''Appearing In Cleveland'' commissioned by the LA
Jazz Institute honoring Stan Kenton.
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