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Across the U.S. today, thousands of webcasters are observing a national Day of Silence to protest new webcasting rates set by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board. These new rates, which will go into effect on July 15 (and are retroactive to January 1, 2006), will drastically increase the royalties webcasters must pay to SoundExchange, an offshoot of the RIAA that is supposed to distribute this money to artists.
WFMU believes in compensating artists. We currently pay webcasting royalties to SoundExchange and will continue to do so, but we are protesting the new rate scheme for a number of reasons:
1. Under the new rates, non-commercial webcasters only get a break on the commercial royalty rate if they maintain small listenership numbers. In order to afford the astronomical new rates, WFMU may have to cap online listenership on our streams, limiting our accessibility to music fans.
2. SoundExchange has not been dutifully distributing webcasting royalties to artists, claiming on their website that they are unable to locate thousands of artists including Kraftwerk, The Replacements, Pizzicato Five, The Muffs, and even Warren G!
Instead of webcasting silence today, WFMU has decided to boycott all music that is registered with the RIAA and/or SoundExchange. Today, you will hear songs from live performances on WFMU, material from the public domain, orphaned works, music from bands and record labels that have signed a waiver releasing WFMU from SoundExchange's unreasonable royalty scheme, and music from artists that SoundExchange has neglected to pay.
We hope that this sends the message that WFMU is fully capable of airing great music that falls outside of the RIAA and SoundExchange's control.
If you would like to protest the new webcasting royalty rates, please call or write to your Representatives and Senators before July 15. More information, including a quick way to look up contact info for your elected officials, please visit savenetradio.org.
|Artist||Track||Album||Label||Approx. start time|
|Earth||Seven Angels||Earth2: Special Low Frequency Version||Sub Pop||0:00:00 (Real)|
|Ultralyd||Conditions For A Piece Of Music||Conditions For A Piece Of Music||Rune Grammofon||0:15:15 (Real)|
|George Graewe, Ernst Reijseger & Gerry Hemmingway||Alien Corn III||Sonic Fiction||hatOLOGY||0:23:35 (Real)|
|Circle||And Far Away||Panic||Ektro||0:30:55 (Real)|
|Replacements||I Will Dare||Let It Be||Twintone||0:50:04 (Real)|
|Apartments||Help||Can't Stop It!||Chapter||0:52:41 (Real)|
|Blonde Redhead||Without Feathers||Blonde Redhead||Smells Like||0:56:26 (Real)|
|Fall Of Saigon||On The Beach At Fontana||Fall Of Saigon||MPL||1:00:20 (Real)|
|Nuslux||Untitled||Nuslux||Lal Lal Lal||1:03:28 (Real)|
|Marcus Schmickler With Hayden Chisolm||Amazing Daze (For Phill Niblock)||Amazing Daze||Hapna||1:12:20 (Real)|
|Tappa Zukie||Cool This Dub||In Dub||Blood And Fire||1:26:05 (Real)|
|Jorge Ben||Taj Mahal||Africa Brasil||Philips||1:35:55 (Real)|
|Nobody||After The Summer Hits||Pacific Drift||Ubiquity||1:39:38 (Real)|
|Europa Kiado||Nem Vagy Olyan Jo||Love||No Label||1:43:53 (Real)|
|Malaria!||You You||Compiled 1981-1984||Indigo||1:49:54 (Real)|
|Clara Mondshine||Die Drachentrommier (Pilooski Edit)||Dirty Space Disco||Discograph||1:53:54 (Real)|
|Mohammed Jimmy Mohammed||Antchin Keto||Hulgizey||Terp||2:06:46 (Real)|
|Nana Vasconcelos||Toshiro||Africadeus||Saravah||2:13:45 (Real)|
|Guy Klucevsek And Alan Bern||Deep Blue C Part 1||Notefalls||Winter & Winter||2:16:21 (Real)|
|Robert Wyatt||Solar Flares Burn For You||Solar Flares Burn For You||Cuneiform||2:24:49 (Real)|
|Those Lovely Hula Hands||Tarzan Apornas Apa/Tarzan Gregah/Jane Porter Sivistyken Muurilla||Psychedelic Phinland||Love||2:31:35 (Real)|
|Enuff Z'Nuff||Fingers On It||Yellow Pills Vol. 1||Big Deal||2:40:12 (Real)|
|Guided By Voices||Motor Away||Alien Lanes||Matador||2:44:54 (Real)|
|X-Ray Spex||Let's Submerge||Germ Free Adolescents||Sanctuary||2:46:41 (Real)|
|Rev. Louis Overstreet||Holiness Dance||With His Sons And The Congregation Of St. Luke's Powerhouse Church Of God In Christ||Arhoolie||2:50:17 (Real)|
|James Talley||To Get Back Home||Got No Bread, No Milk, No Money, But We Sure Got A Lot Of Love||Cimarron||2:57:12 (Real)|
Wed. 6/27/07 7:10am
Great list, lots of variety - post punk, reggae, indie and ambient - perfect.
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