[[The Problem]]

The Internet radio front has recently been set on fire by various announcements regarding loyalty fees. The Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel, the infamous CARP, returned its recommendations for royalty payments to music copyright holders for music streamed over the Internet. CARP's recommendations have hit hard the, already badly battered, body of Internet Radio stations. CARP suggest that radio stations that retransmit their over-the-air signal on the Internet will owe 0.07 cents per song per listener for the music they play. This is retroactive to late 1998, when the Digital Music Copyright Act was signed into law.
Internet-only streamers will pay double that amount, 0.14 cents, per song, per listener.

As if that was not enough CARP also suggested that both terrestrial and Internet-only radio stations should pay an additional 9 percent of the above fees for what is termed an ephemeral license, which covers the buffer copies made when files are transferred from one computer to another.

Webcasters claim that adopting CARP's suggestions will mean the end of Internet Radio. But as many experts claim the matter is far from settled.

Though the CARP itself was required by statute to present its final determination to the Librarian of Congress within 180 days of commencement of the arbitration proceeding, said veteran copyright attorney Bennett Lincoff, senior counsel at Darby & Darby, PC, the Librarian, in turn, has an additional 90 days in which to review and either adopt or reject the decision of the CARP.

Once the Copyright Office reaches its final ruling, either side may appeal the decision of the Librarian to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, according to Lincoff.

Many decisions of the predecessor agency to the CARP, the Copyright Royalty Tribunal, were appealed beyond the Copyright Office to the federal courts, he said.

The Solution

Streamer is a new internet radio system that allows anyone to broadcast streaming mp3 audio, to an unlimited number of listeners, from a connection as humble as a 56k modem, and with the broadcasting pc being fairly untraceable(not fully untraceable yet).
The release of Streamer was a form of reply to the closing of Audiogalaxy and the imminent closure of many US net radio stations.

The programs creator says Vote with your feet US citizens!, show your, so-called, leaders how stupid you think the CARP royalty rate nonsense is by using Streamer.

Many stations are already set-up and you can ask for guidance at Streamers' Official Forum.
You can also get information on getting started on the Official Site.

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It seems that all these associations and such wish to destroy the internet as it is today. Why should you have to pay for radio? The internet is supposed to be free and when you start adding all these fees the people who host these free services are forced to have their users pay. I'm getting tired of all this copyright crap and I think that the people who are trying to destroy the free internet need to find something else to do. Politics has no place on the internet.


hmm, isn't this great? I don't pay for the music received on my radio by ether. I pay a small ammount for radio and tv via the cable, and I pay the most for my internet connection. So why can't I receive good quality radio via the net then? This is a typical American reaction again, this is what makes the States so unpopular in the rest of the world. Making a big problem about small things..... Realy, they should stop acting like pr*cks(not the states but companies like carp and riaa. I am very tempted to start hosting more mp3's then the 40 or 50 I am now.Luckily there is still digitally imported.


"Money money money, GIVE ME MY MONEY!" Greedy bastards. All these stupid companies and organizations like the RIAA, CARP, and the record companies themselves are just worshippers of the dollar. They would take it up the ass for a quarter. That seems to be the corporate American mentality. It's f**king capitolism man, and it's gotta stop.


They already destoryed Napster, and Audiogalaxy, and tried going after Morpheus. The RIAA, and all these other companies that claim they are working for the artists of music are really in it for the money. The radio on the net is not good quality already. I have to pay for all this other stuff just so I can listen to the damn radio on the net anyway. Then, they want to make me pay? It's not like I am listing to it all the time, or recording it so that I can make a really bad quality .mp3 This sh*t just makes me want to do something to make it worse off for these as*hole comapanies. I have tons of music on my H.D. all, illegal copies, I didn't pay a penny for, and it's all off of, which is now basically dead. You can't stop it. If you do, another way will form. I pay for the stuff that is really good. Not CD's that cost 10 bucks each, that get scratched, and have nothing else but a little CD. Artists make enough money off of concerts, and merchandise. It's an easy job, and why does some gay company like CARP, or the RI (f*cking) AA get involved? Drop all the rules and the regulations, b4 nobody can do anything anymore, and you end up sueing yourselves. F*(king d*cks.

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