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SoundExchange puts a stop on its royalty hike and decides to hash a new plan with webcasters

Several days ago, DailyTech reported the online radio industry was about to meet its end when the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to put a stop on a new royalty scheme. Championed by SoundExchange, the new royalty scheme increases money flow for artists and labels.

Despite the court decision to go ahead with the new scheme, SoundExchange announced the new royalty scheme will be postponed, without any indication it will be continued. According to SoundExchange Executive Director Jon Simson, the group is in debate with online radio stations on an alternative plan, one that will allow them to continue their operation while compensating artists and labels.

The outcry by online radio stations was heard several weeks ago when a large number of stations banded together to protest against SoundExchange. While the government in large ignored the complaints, SoundExchange did listen -- even though it was the last entity on any stations' mind that would listen.

Pandora, one of the four largest online radio companies was one of many stations that took a stance against SoundExchange. Pandora founder Tim Westergren said users who called into Congress to voice against the changes all helped.

"This is a direct result of lobbying pressure, so if anyone thinks their call didn't matter, it did. That's why this is happening," said Westergren in a blog on Listening Post.

SoundExchange said it will now work closely with webcasters, large and small to form a new plan.

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RE: only in america
By TomZ on 7/17/2007 9:15:27 AM , Rating: 2
The healthcare system in the U.S. is the best in the world. You can't judge the "big picture" quality using anecdotes - you have to look at statistics. This is the same mistake that Michael Moore makes in his movie. It is also a way to manipulate when you show the worst of one system and compare that with the best of another system. Is that a valid comparison? No.

I don't believe that "free healthcare" should be given to every person. Same for free food, free cars, free housing, free money, etc. - all at taxpayer expense. That is a valid way to do things (works for Cuba), just not the way America does things. In America, you need to earn all these things, including your healthcare. Healthcare is available to everyone in America - you just have to earn it.

If you think that trashing out the current medical system due to its flaws makes sense, then you just need to look at the system in Canada as well as the VA hospitals that you mention. Probably a national healthcare system in the U.S. would be somewhere betweeen those two. Is that the type of system you want? I sure don't.

RE: only in america
By fic2 on 7/17/2007 1:22:56 PM , Rating: 2
The healthcare system in the U.S. is the best in the world. You can't judge the "big picture" quality using anecdotes - you have to look at statistics.

You say the U.S. is #1 and you imply that is from statistics. Where are your statistics? According to the World Healthcare Organization the U.S. ranks 37th. Canada is #30, France #1.

RE: only in america
By Targon on 7/18/2007 7:14:43 AM , Rating: 2
Right now, free health care is given to most illegal immigrants because they go to the hospital with no insurance, put down false information in the hospital, and then disappear. This is due to the law in many states that hospitals may not turn away patients for any reason.

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