The NAB is renewing its push behind Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA)'s Internet Radio Equality Act. The bill would reverse the CRB decision on webcaster royalties, the fallout of which is still being negotiated between SoundExchange and DiMA. The NAB also is following up on its offer to SoundExchange, made on behalf of NAB member radio stations, back in early June.
"We are disappointed by SoundExchange's continued reluctance to respond to the good-faith, reasonable offer put forth by NAB nearly two months ago," said NAB EVP Dennis Wharton. "NAB will now turn our attention to aggressively advocating in support of Rep. Inslee's legislation to ensure that local radio broadcasters who stream content online are treated fairly."
In related news, Live365 has released a study of its 2006 broadcasts, finding that approximately 56 percent of music played on its stations comes from independent artists and labels.
Live365 CEO Mark Lam says, "Only 10-13 percent of AM/FM music is from independent artists and labels so we spin FOUR times as much indie music as AM/FM. Our 10,000 DJ's are opening up the diverse spectrum of musical genres and artists while AM/FM program formats narrow it. I see this statistic as a genuine reflection of what music DJ's will play when the choice is driven by what people like rather than profits."
He adds, "Clearly, Internet radio clears away a major hurdle for musicians to be heard. With the continued double-digit growth in Internet radio listenership, hopefully more and more songwriters and musicians will be able to use Internet radio to promote their creative works and generate income. That is what Internet radio is all about: bringing together artists and fans using a ubiquitous radio medium."