Friday, July 13, 2007

Are the CRB rates going to be enforced on July 15th?

John Simson on (APM's) Marketplace just now said that he expects webcasters to be in compliance with the rates that take effect on Monday. This seems counter to what has been reported by others.

It's available as a podcast at, it's about 10 minutes (or 1/3 of the way) into the July 13th episode.

The critical piece:

Tim Westergren at Pandora asks John Simson, "Are these rates going to be enforced on Sunday?"

To which Mr. Simspon replies, "There is a ongoing business discussion going on between us and the representatives of these companies, but while that discussion going on, we expect them to comply with the law as it is on July 15th and July 16th."

Eliot Van Buskirk at Wired has this to say in his latest post:

Here's the deal, according to SoundExchange. Payments under the new rates are legally due on Monday, but no lawsuits are going to be meted out on that day for webcasters who do not pay, as negotiations continue. Fees that are not negotiated away will still be due retroactively -- plus interest.
We have a truce right now with the RIAA and SoundExchange, but the "Peace Accord" is still to be worked out. We still might get a bomb dropped on us.

Please keep calling your reps. And if you haven't supported SomaFM lately, we could user your financial support right now.

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Blogger Stefan said...

Hi Rusty,

I'm a student and I've been listening to SOMA for years. I've found many a music artist that I like, and often find that I can get lots of the music on stations like cliq hop and drone zone for free anyway. I've been discussing the audacity and evilness of SoundExchange with friends lately, a couple of them are experimental music artist themselves. One of them in particular says despite that it sucks in present situation, he believes that when you take something away from the customer/people to the level that this enforcement will, that it's gonna eventually lead to the whole system falling in on itself. Artist are going to begin to understand that SoundExchange is the RIAA and will be releasing SoundExchange free records and it will promote independent music and truly talented artists who want to forward their craft and be listened to. As really more then anything this hurts the artist (and I'm not talking about pop mainstream crap). Thoughts?

July 14, 2007 1:43 PM  

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