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A law has been proposed in the US Congress that would overturn a recent ruling on internet radio royalty payments. The bill could save internet radio, according to activists. Earlier this month the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), which reports to the Library of Congress, increased the charges which internet radio stations will …

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Get the facts straight.

The actual figures are 7.5 percent or 0.33 cents not 33 cents.

Lets take a radio station which makes $2000 per month in advertising

0.33 cents per listener per hour for a listener base of 500 would work out at $10,551.42 per year. If they took this option they would still have a little shy of $13,500 for running costs. They could save more by taking the option of 7.5% of income and pay $1,800 per year leaving them with £22,200. An average pop song lasts 4 minutes so with the original proposed rate of 0.08 cents per song per listener the same station would pay $52,560 with no alternative. So the proposed bill would give the company a SMALL profit. If the bill is not successful and the 0.08 cents per track per listener fee stands then the same company would run at a rough loss of $28,500.

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H.R. 2060

For those that want to contact your representative the bill is known as The Inslee-Manzullo Internet Radio Equality Act, H.R. 2060.

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