I am from the age of ‘70’s. I stipulate that because I have found out via email that the big music companies and big musicians are trying to shut down free Internet Radio.
Let me momentarily take you down memory lane. Remember vinyl (the old LP)? As a teen one would record party tunes or a favorite album from vinyl to cassette tape to take your music with you (boom box or car cassette player) or (not regarding the future of technology) to preserve the quality and longevity of a vinyl album.
As time has passed of course we now know technology has increased our ability to copy music. In many cases recording music without purchasing the song or CD album is an incredibly likely scenario.
Music Companies and Musicians alike began to worry about their bottom line: profits from their intellectual (or moronic – depending personal taste) property. Frankly I agree with these copyright panic issues of the free market; however I also believe greed has taken it to the next level with Music Companies and big time Musicians.
A solution must be found that benefits the free market of intellectual property and the usage of Free Internet Radio. Recording for personal usage and payment for a product made must co-exist in a mutual harmony as in the days before technology turned personal usage copying into the temptation of theft without payment copying.
I say all this because I recently found a website that runs Free Internet Radio that allows you to listen without the functionality of property theft for free. I am certain there are tech geeks out there (of which I am not one) have the know-how to circumvent this website’s efforts to protect intellectual property while simultaneously allowing consumers to listen to free radio.
Remember that? The existence of the quality of free radio music (FM stereo quality) for personal use, I do.
I am sure there are other websites like the one I found. The website I use for free music is called Pandora. Pandora has sent out an email make their consumers aware that the Music Industry is making outrageous over the top demands to shut Free Internet Radio.
Instead the Music Industry should comprehend that websites like Pandora are like the days of the 70’s in which music is listened to and artists are promoted or nostalgia inspires to go out and buy the better quality music of today of yesteryear’s classic artists.
So I am with Pandora and you should be too. I am posting my email which has my Senator and his phone number (I live in Oklahoma). If you don’t live in Oklahoma, find your Senator’s information and make the call to support Free Internet Radio.
Urgent Request to Help Save Pandora and Internet Radio
Tim Westergren (Pandora Founder)
Sent: May 13, 2008 5:02:24 PM
Hi, it’s Tim from Pandora,
I’m writing today to urgently ask for your help. Our future and that of all webcasters is being threatened by the actions of the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). In an effort to cripple Internet radio they have defied Congressional direction to negotiate reasonable performance fees and are trying to shut us down.
In spite of overwhelming opposition, including from thousands of musicians, they have blatantly pursued a strategy of undermining the process, making outrageous demands, and trying to run out the clock, hoping we will just quietly fade away. There is only one way to stop this violation of the public trust, and that is by mobilizing the collective will of our listening audience.
I am writing to you because your Senator is on the crucially important Senate Judiciary committee. It would be tremendously helpful if you would take just a minute to call your Senator:
Senator Tom Coburn: (202) 224-5754
** When you call, please tell them your home town, and ask them to support the Brownback Internet Radio Equality amendment that will be considered in the Judiciary Committee this Thursday.
This amendment sets webcasting royalties at the same level as those paid by satellite radio, which would compensate musicians fairly and allow web radio to survive. For more info on the bill, please visit: www.savenetradio.org
I hope you’ll take just a few minutes to call. It’s easy to do and it will truly, truly 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.
Thank you very much for your support,