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Special thanks to Corey Denis of reapandsow for letting me know about this past Friday night when I spoke at the NYC Podcasting MeetUp Group.

You can go to the About Page on the site to get the full description of what SNR is about, but here’s a brief excerpt:

On March 2, 2007 the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), which oversees sound recording royalties paid by Internet radio services, increased Internet radio’s royalty burden between 300 and 1200 percent and thereby jeopardized the industry’s future.

At the request of the Recording Industry Association of America, the CRB ignored the fact that Internet radio royalties were already double what satellite radio pays, and multiplied the royalties even further. The 2005 royalty rate was 7/100 of a penny per song streamed; the 2010 rate will be 19/100 of a penny per song streamed. And for small webcasters that were able to calculate royalties as a percentage of revenue in 2005 – that option was quashed by the CRB, so small webcasters’ royalties will grow exponentially!

Essentially what’s being dealt with is the royalty rates for music in shows “broadcast” online via podcast/vidcast feeds. I’m still getting a clearer picture of the ramifications of all this, but I believe it means that if you feature music on a show that is “podsafe”, meaning you’ve paid for the use of it, your fees will not end there. This new ruling taking place in July could substantially increase monies you’re expected to pay to have the right to broadcast online.

Long story short, small podcasters, vidcasters, and online radio producers may have to shut down if they can’t pay the bills. Please check out the site and get involved.

-John C. Havens

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