Below is something I received in my inbox this morning. Included is the contact for my particular Senator - of course your Senator will differ. "Fairness" or simply survival of the fittest? I blog - You Figure It Out!
This is Tim, the founder of Pandora.
I am writing to ask for your urgent help. An important piece of legislation has just been introduced in Congress that could end long-standing discrimination against Internet radio. I'm asking that you contact your Senator to urge them to support the Internet Radio Fairness Act.
This bipartisan bill will correct the incredible inequity in how different digital radio formats are treated under the law when it comes to setting royalties. The difference is quite extraordinary. In 2011, Pandora paid over 50% of our revenues in performance royalties, while SiriusXM paid less than 10%.
As a lifelong musician, I'm fully supportive of artist compensation, but this situation can't continue. Internet radio is bringing millions of listeners back to music, and is playing the songs of tens of thousands of promising artists who would otherwise never be heard. It should be given a fair chance to succeed.
To voice your support for this initiative, please reach out to your Senator today and say you support the Internet Radio Fairness Act.
Senator: Rand Paul
Washington D.C. Office Number: 202-224-4343
If you'd like more information about the Internet Radio Fairness Act you can learn more here.
It's crucial that Congress hears from fans of Internet radio today. Thanks for your support, and thanks for being a loyal listener.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The founder of Pandora speaks out in an email blitz.
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