Thursday, September 13, 2007

FCC's online pirate reporting system

This is precious.

The FCC is now taking pirate radio complaints online!

I think it would terrible of people used this to report stations that didn't exist using up the precious and overworked FCC Field Agents. And you just know those sneaky pirate supporters do things like that.

It might even make the system useless. That would be bad. That would be wrong.

These sneaky guys should NOT even THINK about using to report a station that isn't even there. That would be evil, immoral and just wrong.

So wrong.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

The death of radio

It's becoming clear that analog (and HD radio, for that matter) radio is dead.

Who listens to FM anymore? Not many. Most people only listen in their cars, and even that's being replaced by ipods, Sat. radio and MP3 CD's.

At home, if you have internet, you have the richest music listening imaginable. From Pandora to LastFM to tens of thousands of streaming radio stations.

So.. commercial radio, NPR, LPFM or even pirate radio.. who cares? Or more accurately, who's listening to anything non digital? No one I think.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Internet Radio is Dead! Back to Underground Pirate Radio We Go!


Wow. I just can't believe it. They killed internet radio! The MAIN reason we decided not to fight the pirate radio fight long term was it didn't matter, the internet was going to fill int he gaps anyway so why bother?

Well, clearly, we got that one wrong. From ars Technica at this link.

Check this out:
A panel of judges at the Copyright Royalty Board has denied a request from the NPR and a number of other webcasters to reconsider a March ruling that would force Internet radio services to pay crippling royalties. The panel's ruling reaffirmed the original CRB decision in every respect, with the exception of how the royalties will be calculated. Instead of charging a royalty for each time a song is heard by a listener online, Internet broadcasters will be able pay royalties based on average listening hours through the end of 2008.

Wow. I mean fuckin A wow... I'm floored.

Well guys, time to get out the van, mixers and transmitters again. Let's rock this joint.


Friday, March 23, 2007

Internet radio dead? Maybe time for pirates again

I'd pretty much given up on the whole FM spectrum and decided that, with the advent of cheap streaming radio and podcasts, it didn't much matter anymore.

No need to put up an underground FM station. Just set up a streaming radio station. Get your self broadcasting needs taken care of with a podcast (which often is what's played on an internet streaming radio station)

Ah.. no more. The damned recording industry is trying it's damnest to kill that off too (or worse, turn it into another commercial filled wasteland impossible to listen to).

I'm thinking, maybe it's time again to go for the FM spectrum. Or, at the very least, help some other folks I know that are interested in doing it to get up and running.

SoundExchange Defends Internet Radio Royalty Rates

SoundExchange recently defended a revised streaming radio royalty rate structure as passed by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), arguing that the ruling was "fair". In a statement issued Thursday, SoundExchange executive director John Simson called upon broadcasters to consider the revenue needs of artists. "The music created by artists is the main reason why people listen to internet radio, and those artists should be fairly compensated for the value they bring to each webcaster's business," Simson said. "Yet, the webcasters refuse to acknowledge this common sense fact." The declaration follows a swell of protest from major streaming radio groups following the CRB decision, and a subsequent decision by the Board to rehear arguments in the matter. The protest group, which includes heavy-hitters like National Public Radio (NPR), Clear Channel, and AOL, argued that the newly-issued royalty structure would impose needless expenses upon broadcasters, and cause a significant number
of small and midsize companies to exit.

Simson acknowledged those assertions, though he also pointed to the myriad of revenue possibilities open to enterprising broadcasters. "Webcasters have a number of opportunities to maximize revenue with a captive audience attracted by music created by artists through banner ads, pop-ups, video pre-rolls, audio commercials and other avenues of revenue generation," he noted. That argument could affect refreshed CRB deliberations, though both parties are likely to hammer a recording royalty rate structure that offers more balance between the revenue needs of artists and the total budgets of internet broadcasters. The recently-passed schedule, passed March 2nd, replaced royalty calculations based on a percentage of total revenues with a per-play penny rate. The CRB offered to rehear arguments earlier this week.