Tuesday, April 17, 2007

We Interrupt This Blog...

This post is a bit off-topic, Packer Fans, so please press the Fast Forward button on your computer if you prefer not to read it (and if you are really looking for a Fast Forward button on your computer right now you must be a Bearz fan!).

Since things are a bit quiet on the Packer front at the moment, I thought I'd make you aware of a recent ruling that could dramatically affect Internet radio and webcasts. For those of you who enjoy such digital streaming of tunes, etc., it could potentially wipe out a lot of the smaller webcasters in particular. The Copyright Royalty Board has decided to raise music royalty rates by 300 to 1,200 percent. Holy funky music, Batman! For most webcasters the new royalties exceed their revenues; they simply will go bankrupt and stop webcasting...especially since these rates are retroactive to 2006! Holy &^$%, Batman!!!

But rather than have me attempt to explain it, you can read a news article about it here.

And if you want to take some action, e.g., send a message to your Congressional representatives, etc., just click here to go the SaveNetRadio site, where you can also learn more about this issue. Or you can find their banner in the righthand column of this site between the copyright info and the contact link.

We now return you to your regularly schedule programming.