[JPL] Royalty-Rate Hike Alarms Web Broadcasters

jazzrockworld rick at jazzrockworld.com
Thu Mar 8 08:10:52 EST 2007


I think the regs were made by corrupt business people and we let them get
away with it. The insurance companies have pretty strict regs for auto
insurance and they lose fraud lawsuits every day. What do we do about it?
Nothing, except now, many people drive without insurance. The rules are
managed by the wrong hands. Those hands want to be in the till and don't
give a shit about art. In fact, those hands threw us off the boat. Why do we
want to get back into their hands and a boat headed in the wrong direction? 

What would happen if all the Jazz stations in this country just closed their
doors and opened up internet stations that didn't play copyrighted music?
Where are the regs and penalties now? If you want THEIR money, you can't
risk it. I'm saying their money is crooked - don't take it. 

It's not a black and white issue, but it can be seen as a simple choice: you
fight the regs and pay the penalties or strike out on your own. Either way,
you'll have no money. If you fight the regs, you'll pay fines that will put
you out of business and if you go it on your own, you'll have no support
until private sponsorship and fans contribute enough for profits. 

Apathy is killing this country. We just sit back and watch as our leadership
does NOT act on our behalf. How long are we going to take it?

The writing has been on the wall for a long time. There are alternatives,
but those require risk and faith. Personally, I have faith in the risk and
I'm taking active measures in that direction. Of course it's easy for me - I
have nothing, so I have nothing to lose. 

Many great things got started by people with no money and an idea. They and
others believed in the idea and donated their blood, sweat, and tears to see
it become a reality. 

I hate to quote AA, but they have some great clichés: "There is no easy way"

Best,

Rick Calic
www.jazzrockworld.com 


 

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Subject: Re: Re: [JPL] Royalty-Rate Hike Alarms Web Broadcasters

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"the RIAA has nowhere near that
strength, yet we seem to be willing to play by their rules."

They made their rules law by an act of congress and the penalties for not
playing by them are too steep to risk. The law is too far in the direction
of over regulation and needs to be calibrated to the reality of non-profit,
music driven programming. You want us or you want sex and violence? Because
if we're gone that's about all that's left. Yes, their rules may be
perceived as the legal equivalent of a prohibition against spitting on the
sidewalk, that is, not enforced. It's the "or not" which leads to trying to
follow the spirit of the regs.

Has anyone heard directly from NPR about this?
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