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From: "seva" <[log in to unmask]>
> the basic premise of over-the-air broadcast is a business plan
> utilizing commercials.
> that's how it's 'free', and available. that's how they pay their
> royalites (meager they are). in europe, the same, but the royalties
> are considerably better, and as i understand, not only for the
> artist, but the songwriter as well.
> the same premise can and will and does work for internet radio.
> either you listen to commercials, or pay a subscription fee.
> the problem comes when people want to put a playlist up and stream
> it, without commercials, and not pay royalties. these people simply
> do not have a right to do so. if they had an air radio station,
> they couldn't pay the power bill, nor the royalties, so their
> business plan was not self-supporting.
> eventually, there will be free net radio of public domain materials,
> or of material with permission, and there will be pay-for net radio
> with stuff which requires proper payment to the creative parties
> involved. of course this is already happening, but not to the degree
> it will in the near future. same for visual media (i.e., video).
> in fact, it will most likely extend to a paid-for subscription and
> also have commercials (such as your cable or satellite TV, or your
> satellite radio).
The attitude typified by the above post is that music BY DEFINITION has
to pay its on way!" This essentially removes the vast majority of "popular"
music...being no longer popular...from exposure to the public!!
As well, in the US Of A, "public domain" sound recordings do NOT exist as
such...nor will they, according to the DMCA, until January 1, 2067 (subject
to further change...!).
Also, consider the reality that the vast majority of Internet-radio providers
are NOT in a position to pay the requested royalty amounts...even if funded by
commercial-space sales and/or subscription fees!
Meanwhile, terrestrial radio...all too often under the thumb of a globalized
multinational megacorporation...still contines under a six-decade-old concept
whereby current recordings are to be provided, free of charge, to terrestrial
Steven C. Barr