By April 27, 2007

HR 2060 may save Internet Radio! Your help is needed!

Thanks to Gibberish readers like Roclar and BushPutin for sending this in. There is a proposed bill in Congress to address the completely rapacious demands of the copyright board. Please, please call your representative and ask them to co-sponsor the bill. There’s a long way to go, but the first step is getting the bill out of committee and in front of the other members of Congress. You may find your local representative here and there is a pregenerated script you can read from if you’re nervous or don’t know what to say.

My call took about five minutes. I talked to “Kim,” a nice lady with a friendly voice. She had not heard of HR 2060 and stated that my representative probably hadn’t, either. I gave her a quick summary of the issue, stressing that Internet radio stations already pay royalties and that the proposed increase is too much and biased against online music stations. You may want to read up on my previous coverage on this issue in case you need to explain the situation to whomever you ring up.

The pregenerated script is below the jump!

1) I am a constituent and I’m calling to ask Congressman/woman ________ to save Internet radio by co-sponsoring H.R. 2060, the Internet Radio Equality Act.
2) The Copyright Royalty Board’s decision to increase royalty rates for webcasters is going to turn off my Internet radio and I do NOT want that to happen. Please tell Congressman/woman ­­­________ to co-sponsor H.R. 2060, the Internet Radio Equality Act.
3) I believe that artists should be fairly compensated for the music they make, but putting my webcasters out of business will only hurt artists more. They depend on Internet radio to get their music out to fans and build new audiences. When the webcasters go off the air, so do artists. Please co-sponsor H.R. 2060, the Internet Radio Equality Act.
4) Internet radio is one of the only bright spots for independent music and diversity. We NEED Internet radio. Don’t turn it off. Co-sponsor H.R. 2060, the Internet Radio Equality Act.
5) (If you are an artist) Internet radio enables artists like myself to reach fans throughout the country and enjoy exposure and airplay that we may otherwise have not received. I’m asking you to co-sponsor H.R. 2060, the Internet Radio Equality Act.

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  1. roclar says:

    According to GovTrack.us, H. R. 2060 has been referred to the Judiciary and the Energy and Commerce committees of the House. Seems like if your congressperson was on either of those committees, it would be especially helpful to talk to their offices.