Internetradioen er truet! Hjælp!

19. april 2007

Hi, it’s Tim from
Pandora,

I’m writing today to ask for your help.  The survival of Pandora
and all of Internet radio is in jeopardy because of a recent decision by the
Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC to almost triple the licensing fees
for Internet radio sites like Pandora.  The new royalty rates are irrationally
high, more than four times what satellite radio pays and broadcast radio doesn’t
pay these at all.  Left unchanged, these new royalties will kill every Internet
radio site, including Pandora.

In response to these new
and unfair fees, we have formed the SaveNetRadio Coalition, a group that
includes listeners, artists, labels and webcasters.  I hope that you will
consider joining us. 

Please sign our petition
urging your Congressional representative to act to save Internet radio: http://capwiz.com/saveinternetradio/issues/alert/?alertid=9631541   ;

Please feel free to
forward this link/email to your friends – the more petitioners we can get, the
better.  

Understand that we are
fully supportive of paying royalties to the artists whose music we play, and
have done so since our inception.  As a former touring musician myself, I’m no
stranger to the challenges facing working musicians.  The issue we have with the
recent ruling is that it puts the cost of streaming far out of the range of ANY
webcaster’s business potential. 

I hope you’ll take just a
few minutes to sign our petition – it WILL make a difference. As a young
industry, we do not have the lobbying power of the RIAA. You, our listeners, are
by far our biggest and most influential allies.

As always, and now more
than ever, thank you for your support.

tim_signature.jpg
-Tim
Westergren
(Pandora founder)

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