Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

To: Everyone who supported the Day of Silence by making a heck of a lot of noise — YOU made a difference….Keep the calls going to your members in the House and Senate — keep the momentum going!

From SaveNetRadio:

According to a SaveNetRadio spokesman, Web traffic reported by Capitol Advantage’s Capwiz program by late morning was “far more” than the back-end service provider had ever experienced in a single day. The firm reportedly was “diverting all the resources they have to handle this traffic,” the official said. Capwiz is considered one of the most robust Web-based advocacy services in Washington and works with about 1,500 organizations. “It’s definitely the highest traffic we’ve seen in a long time for any sort of single issue,” said Mark West of Capitol Advantage.

And then of course comes the wet blanket PR move from SX:

SoundExchange Reacts To ‘Day Of Silence’

Not surprisingly, digital royalty rights collector SoundExchange had some serious heartburn on Tuesday over the Internet radio “day of silence,” during which thousands of webcasters turned off their music streams to protest the Copyright Royalty Board’s recent decision to hike fees paid to artists and record labels.

Richard Ades, a spokesman for the organization that supports the board’s ruling, told Technology Daily that he listened to some of the special programming being played in between pockets of dead air. “It’s pretty amazing that they talk about how much they love music and how important it is to stream music, but you don’t hear them talk about the people who create the music,” he said.

On one webcast, Ades heard someone claim that legislation, introduced in the House and Senate to stop the fee increase, is fair to artists. “The bill on the Hill would not only vacate CRB decision but would cut rates by 75 percent from what the old rate was. That’s their idea to fairness to artists? That’s an insult,” he said.

“If there’s no music, then there will be no radio stations. It’s the artists and labels that create the music and there will be no music for them to build their businesses on,” Ades said. “Why they don’t want their musicians and recording artists to have a fair share of the pie is mind boggling.”

To which I reply:

If there are no webstations there will be no music being played and no royalties at all being collected – so, since we agree that we’re all in this together and interdependent on each other then the solution seems to simply be a rate by which everyone comes out a winner —

One Response to “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”

  1. Fred Wilhelms Says:

    “The bill on the Hill would not only vacate CRB decision but would cut rates by 75 percent from what the old rate was. That’s their idea to fairness to artists? That’s an insult,” he said.

    What’s an insult is that SoundExchange expects anyone to believe this.

    H.R. 2060 sets the percentage-of-revenue royalty at 7.5%.

    In order for that to be a 75% cut “from what the old rate was,” the old rate would have to have been 30% of revenue.

    What was the percentage of revenue required under SWSA?

    10.9%.

    Mr. Ades is off by “only” 275%.

    Remember, these are the people given the responsibility to divide up millions of dollars of royalties a year. It doesn’t build much confidence to see them that far off, does it?

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