Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Email I received today

4/24 update: Get more info here, or take action here.

Commentary by Crockett:

Special emphasis on, "...As a young industry, we do not have the lobbying power of the RIAA..."

I'm not a big fan of existing distribution channels lobbying for legislation that will stifle competition and attempt to preserve the status quo. Maybe I'm young and naive, but it seems to me that this legislation is bad for America. This country proved to the world that competition produces the greatest results, so it doesn't seem like a great idea for existing sources of wealth to pay to get legislation passed that will hurt or kill their competition.

Let's limit the grounds of competition to the quality of products and services delivered, and leave tactics such as undermining and sabatoge out of our economy.

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Hi, it's Tim from

I'm writing today to ask for your help.
The survival of Pandora and all of Internet radio is in jeopardy because of a
recent decision by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC to almost
triple the licensing fees for Internet radio sites like Pandora. The new royalty
rates are irrationally high, more than four times what satellite radio pays, and
broadcast radio doesn't pay these at all. Left unchanged, these new royalties
will kill every Internet radio site, including Pandora.

In response to these new and unfair
fees, we have formed the SaveNetRadio Coalition, a group that includes
listeners, artists, labels and webcasters. I hope that you will consider joining

Please sign our petition urging your
Congressional representative to act to save Internet radio: http://capwiz.com/saveinternetradio/issues/alert/?alertid=9631541

Please feel free to
forward this link/email to your friends - the more petitioners we can get, the

Understand that we are
fully supportive of paying royalties to the artists whose music we play, and
have done so since our inception. As a former touring musician myself, I'm no
stranger to the challenges facing working musicians. The issue we have with the
recent ruling is that it puts the cost of streaming far out of the range of ANY
webcaster's business potential.

I hope you'll take just a
few minutes to sign our petition - it WILL 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.

As always, and now more
than ever, thank you for your support.

src="http://www.pandora.com/static/images/tim_signature.jpg" width=102> -Tim

(Pandora founder)

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