Webcasters are supporting the Internet Radio Equality Act, which has garnered bipartisan support in the House as well as the Senate. In addition, they have filed appeals and a request for a stay with the US District Court in Washington, DC.
If none of these tactics succeed, webcasters will be required to send checks to Sound Exchange, the collection agency for the record companies and the artists, on July 15. Rates are retroactive to 2006.
KCRW General Manager Ruth Seymour joins Pandora, Live365, Yahoo, AccuRadio, indie webcaster BAGeL Radio and public radio station WAMU/Washington, DC to describe the effects that the new rates will have on their ability to stream and to serve audiences online.
Mike Riksen, Vice President for Government Relations, National Public Radio
Kurt Hanson, Publisher of RAIN, the Radio and Internet Newsletter
Tim Westergren, Founder of Pandora.com
Caryn Mathes, General Manager of WAMU, American University Radio
Ian Rogers, CEO of Yahoo! Music
Ted Leibowitz, Music Director of BAGeL Radio
Johnny Floater, General Manager of Media, Live365.com