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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 dluther on 7/19/2007 12:16:31 AM , Rating: 2
Others find themselves facing huge bills for prescription drugs they need to survive.

I've got to say, that's one of the funniest, yet saddest comments on Canada's health care system. Have you ever heard of these so-called "cheap Canadian prescriptions"? The VA sure has.

First of all, most people posting on this board have some form of health care coverage in the form of an employer-subsidized HMO, PPO, vision, and/or dental plan, and for the majority of people, this kind of coverage is adequate, with the occasional issue that is inherent in this form of health care plan.

However, while *I* have a health care plan, my parents are not so lucky. They make just enough money to not be covered by Medicare, and since my father works for the State of Oklahoma, the price of family care is very expensive with the individual contribution topping $500 monthly, which is far too much to pay on an annual salary of $45K.

My mother has rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and her monthly medical expenses are very, very high. Coupled with care from a rheumatologist, medical expenses are near $1200 per month. Prescriptions like Embrel are very expensive, and the pain medication she uses is morphine, which is also hugely expensive. Embrel also has some nasty side effects, which contribute to even further medical expenses.

Since this is a pre-existing condition now, even if Dad got family medical coverage, any expenses related to Mom's RA would not be covered for a period of 10 years.

Basically, my mother and father are living off a charitable grant from myself and other family members. They have two options at this point: Dad can retire from his job and they would be somewhat covered under Medicare. But Dad's a proud man, and welfare to him would be anathema. They could also move to Canada, or some other country that has "universal health care", but you can probably imagine how realistic that looks.

So when you say that others who criticize the health care system in America are "off base", remember that it's because your point of view is somewhat biased because what you have is probably working for you and your family.

Everybody hears about those unfortunate individuals who are "too rich" to get free care, but "too poor" to pay for insurance; you know, the ones that "fall between the cracks". Unfortunately, it appears that many of you do not actually have a living, personal connection to that, so it's as real to you as say, starving children in Africa; in other words, since it doesn't affect you, you simply dismiss it out of hand.

So I'm here to put a little balance to the discussion, simply because I see the part you don't want to.

"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA

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