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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2002 4:52 am   Post subject: Check this out! Reply with quote


Political RADIO-Activism made easy:

How you can help save all forms of web-based radio from extinction in five minutes or less.

As you are hopefully aware by now, web-based radio broadcasters everywhere are facing total extinction at the hands of the RIAA (Recording
Industry Association of America)
and the U.S. Copyright Office due to a piece of grossly unfair legislation known as The CARP Report(Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel) issued by the United States Copyright Office (Docket No. 2000-9 CARP DTRA1&2) and the Notice and Record keeping for Use of Sound Recordings Under Statutory License (Docket No. RM 2002-1 37 CFR Part 201) , which are the result of the RIAA's lobbying efforts to strengthen its hold over the market and further leverage the flawed DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) and similar draconian laws in order to exert absolute control over all forms of media and communication.

This affects not only, but ALL web-based broadcasters, large and small, non-profit and commercial. Due to the largely closed nature of the proceedings, our last avenue of hope lies with you, the Internet Radio listener and media consumer. We need your help, and we need it NOW.

Please take five minutes to locate the contact information for your State Representatives and Members of Congress, your State's Governor and anyone else you wish to contact, and send them an email, a letter, a fax and or a phone call and let them know you do NOT want to see the Internet Radio Industry destroyed by this unfair legislation.

Can it get any simpler?

The answer is YES: Copy and Paste the letter below, inserting your chosen legislator's name and your own name and address where appropriate and email, fax or mail it to your legislator's office today.

Five minutes of your time RIGHT NOW can preserve years of hard work on the part of Internet Broadcasters and a lifetime of musical enjoyment for everyone. Please act now, time really is running out.

[State Representative/Congressman/Etc.]

My name is [Your Full Name] and I am a fan of independent Internet
broadcasting, also known as "Web Radio" or "Internet Radio", an entertainment
medium which is facing possible extinction at the hands of the RIAA (Recording
Industry Association of America) political machine.

I write to you today out of grave concern for the future of freedom for
Internet broadcasters, independent recording artists and the listening public
in regards to the CARP report issued by the United States Copyright Office
(Docket No. 2000-9 CARP DTRA1&2) and the Notice and Record keeping for Use of
Sound Recordings Under Statutory License (Docket No. RM 2002-1 37 CFR Part 201)
as well as to ask that you and your colleagues re-examine the DMCA (Digital
Millennium Copyright Act).

The DMCA amendments lobbied for by the RIAA that changed language in the DPRA
(Digital Performance Right Act) that dealt with sound recording copyright
performance royalties before these new laws can be abused by the RIAA and
entities like it to completely wipe out independent internet broadcasters
through what amounts to nothing but legislated extortion.

Independent Internet broadcasting stations offer a bastion of freedom for
program directors, DJs, independent recording artists, independent talk shows,
independent news, and the listening public. The unique programming found on
many internet-only broadcasts is essential to the continued growth of the
medium, and continued exposure to new artists from around the world has done
nothing but helped the music industry as a whole, not hurt is as the RIAA
would have everyone believe.

It is important to understand that Internet broadcasters are not pirating
music, and it is a gross miscarriage of justice that they be treated as though
they are engaged in a criminal behavior simply to further stuff the coffers
of the "Big 5" record labels whose financial interests the RIAA represents
under the guise of protecting artist's rights.

In a recent hearing Senator Hatch commented to the record companies "We passed
the DMCA. We gave you a lot of what you wanted. You told us without it you
wouldn't put your content out. Now you still haven't put any of your content
out. What's going on? Are you leveraging your copyrights to impede distribution
rather than enhance distribution?"

I believe Senator Hatch is coming to realize that the intentions offered by the
labels in regards to the DMCA amendments are not as honorable as they
proclaimed them to be. I believe that members of Congress were being misled at
the committee hearing where these amendments were written.

It is time the RIAA's true intentions are examined openly and the flawed
amendments made in the DMCA are revisited. No good can come of a world where
self-appointed media police run unchecked using their financial and political
muscle to strip the consumer of their basic freedoms to choose what forms of
entertainment they wish to enjoy and how they wish to enjoy them.

In conclusion, I respectfully call upon your sense of justice and fair play and
ask you to reexamine the terms for sound recording copyright performance
royalty fees being instituted on Internet broadcasters in the DMCA. Thank you
for your time and attention.


[Your Name], Concerned Citizen

[Your mailing Address (optional)]
[Your City and State]
[Your email Address (optional)] is proud to work amongst it's peers in the Internet broadcasting industry. Get RADIOactive is once voice among many, all working to promote public awareness of this crisis.

[ 12 May 2002, 02:56 AM: Message edited by: Morglum ]
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2002 9:03 am   Post subject: Check this out! Reply with quote

So, what is going on w/ CARP....? Can we all expect to keep listening to Streaming Soundtracks or should we start preparing for the worst...
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2002 1:11 pm   Post subject: Check this out! Reply with quote

That letter is great...My girlfriend was asking me about that...and my teacher at school too. I can tell them to copy the letter and fill it out and send it...
Isnt it funny? This feeling inside...
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