Friday Five for Free (6)
First, you should read: THIS ARTICLE ABOUT THE STATE OF INTERNET RADIO.
Just today it was ANNOUNCED THERE'S BEEN A SMALL REPRIEVE but nothing is settled for sure. If this interests you, you can keep up-to-date by visiting: SAVENETRADIO.ORG In particular, READ THESE RESPONSES TO THE SITUATION from musicians who explain exactly why this is a horrible turn of events.
Finally, here are 5 free internet radio sites. I imagine the big guys - aol, yahoo, vh1 - will hang around, though it wouldn't surprise me terribly if they started charging subscription fees. And the "little" guys? They'll probably go out of business, which is a huge shame, as you can see from the musicians' pleas for help.
Just to note - I listen to free internet radio frequently, as does my daughter. We very often will let contemporary Christian stations play while we work, including one we really like called LifeTalkKids, which has Christian and Inspirational music and dramatic Bible readings. LifeTalkKids is definitely one on the endangered list.
I do understand that people in the music industry have a right to compensation; however, IMHO, this attempt to jack up royalties is nothing short of base greed and will in the end only hurt the majority of people involved in music/audio production while fattening the wallets of a few folks at the top. If you agree with this sentiment, please consider following the links at savenetradio.org to contact your congressmen and ask for help.
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