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I will be playing some of the most uplifting summer trance tunes ever with some of the worlds best DJ’s such as: Marcel Woods, Airbase, Paul Oakenfold and Many More.

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Save Internet Radio

As a very frequent listener of the internet radio scene, I am quite bothered by the recent developments in licensing put out by the RIAA and SoundExchange in the United States. I know a few stations make there money by Premium streams and VIP Sections etc etc but it’s still not fair on those that are doing internet radio as a hobby.

Here’s there plan:

The new rates are based on “performances” of songs. A “performance” is defined as one song being streamed to a single listener. In other words, a station with 1000 listeners is charged for 1000 performances of each song it broadcasts.

Further, the new rates, just announced today, are retroactive to 2006, and increase rapidly each year. The rates per performance are as follows:

$0.0008 in 2006
$0.0011 in 2007
$0.0014 in 2008
$0.0018 in 2009

At first glance, those seem like fairly small numbers: eight ten-thousandths of a dollar, eleven ten-thousandths of a dollar, and so on. When you actually do the math, however, you see the truth revealed. The average radio station plays 16 songs in an hour. Under this system, that would be equivalent to 16 performances.

0.0011 x 16 = 0.0176

Still a fairly small number – under two cents. But now assume this station has 1000 listeners. That means that, in one hour, the station would be billed for 16,000 performances.

0.0011 x 16000 = 17.60

That’s $17.60 an hour. Now we’re starting to see how expensive this truly is. Multiply that by 24 hours a day.

17.60 * 24 = 422.40

$422.40 a day. But there’s 365 days in a year.

422.40 * 365 = 154176

$154,176 for the year in performance royalties alone for a station with 1000 listeners. And that’s just for 2007: it gets even worse. In 2008, the cost rises to $193,536 for the year. In 2009, it goes up to $248,832. Even for a much smaller station, the royalties owed are huge.

Of course, these figures don’t include the other set of rights that Internet radio stations are required to purchase, which must be licensed separately from an agency like SESAC or ASCAP, or the cost of bandwidth and server capacity. When you add all these costs together, you can easily see why nobody, save perhaps a megacorporation like AOL or Yahoo, could afford to pay these rates.

But wait – what’s this? The new rates apply retroactively to the beginning of 2006. In other words, someone who has been happily (and legally) running their small internet radio station for the past few years is suddenly going to be hit with possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional royalties owed. These bills could easily cause a small, independent broadcaster (and his family) to go bankrupt.

Meanwhile, over-the-air radio stations are still not required to pay one dime to the record industry for public performance rights from SoundExchange or an equivalent group. They only need to pay the far more reasonable fees of BMI, ASCAP, and/or SESAC. This reads like another tactic by the recording industry and corporate powers to exert control over anyone involved with music and an attempt to destroy independent broadcasting.

Whether you don’t want to see your favorite internet radio station go off the air, whether you just hate the RIAA, whatever the reason: please, help us get this senseless, greedy policy designed to do nothing but line the pockets of the record industry overturned. Write to, or better yet call, your representative, your senators, and the Copyright Royalty Board. Tell your friends and family, write on your blog, digg this – help get the word out and help to Save Internet Radio!

If you are a webcaster, we want to hear from you! How will this affect your station? What do you plan on doing? Drop us a line at feedback@save-internet-radio.com. If you’re someone involved with setting these rates, you’re also welcome to contact us and explain why you think these rates are fair.

Save Internet Radio

[UK] 2007 festivals

PartyEach year i can never wait for the festivals to start pouring in to the uk. One this year that i have been waiting to go to for ages now is Escape into the Park, this is the biggest dance event in wales All lead by the world’s favorite dance brand Godskitchen. A friend of mine went last year and said it was totally wicked, it made me think i have got to go in 2007 otherwise im going to regret it 😀 .

Anyway i have up together a list of the most popular festivals to hit 2007.

  • NME Awards Tours 2007
  • Glastonbury Festival 07
  • Dance Anthems tour
  • Escape into the Park 2007
  • Download 2007
  • O2 Wireless Music Festival (London/Leeds) 2007
  • T In The Park 2007
  • Hyde Park Calling 2007
  • Global Gathering 2007
  • V Festival 2007
  • Carling Weekend – (Leeds/Reading) Festival 2007
  • Creamfields 2007

These are just some events that are happening all over the UK in the Summer Season, When more come avaliable to me i will update this post.
Feel free to leave a comment for a festival that i havn’t listed.

The Mad Capsule Markets!!!

Ok i just spent a Heap of money on 16 albums by The Mad Capsule Markets 😀 anyone think im obsessed? i think i am lol but there so Fucking ace 🙂 it’s sad that the Broke up 😦 i hope they get back together 😀 i really want them to bring another album out 😀 My Proof is Below 😀
Proof of 16 Albums

DRM too complicated? Bill Gates Answer Just Rip CDs

Microsoft founder Bill Gates said he finds it easier to “just buy a CD and rip it” than grapple with the copyright protection used by online music stores? Urm Bill You just told the whole world that when you tired to enforce DRM gosh what a fool.

Gates confessed to a round table of prominent bloggers that “no one has done it right” when it comes to Digital Rights Management. This is despite Microsoft recently creating yet another DRM format for it’s new Zune MP3 player.

Gates went on to say Digital Rights Management “causes too much pain for legitimate buyers” trying to distinguish between legal and illegal uses. He declined to elaborate on how Microsoft would address this.

Gates’ comments come as major record labels experiment with selling MP3s online without copyright protection. EMI is the latest to start selling MP3s without Digital Rights Management, with Britain’s EMI Music offering tracks from singer Norah Jones and rock band Relient K – via Yahoo!’s online music service.

DRM-less music downloads are also a significant threat to Apple. Music sold with non-iTunes DRM, such as PlaysForSure or the new Zune format, can’t be copied to an iPod unless the DRM is stripped. An unprotected MP3 can be imported into iTunes and copied to an iPod, creating competition for Apple’s iTunes store.

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