You can help make a difference!
Your signature can make a difference! Sign the Petitions today! Want to learn more, read our blog or join the forum discussions!

SoundTheAlarm

WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
We must let our voices be heard on this matter. This means we must raise awareness on what is happening to the general public and the media. We must SOUND THE ALARM!

StrongerInNumbers

WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER!
For us to achieve our goal we need a large amount of support. Now is the time for us to collectively work together towards a common goal. For without doing so, internet radio as we now it will cease to exist!

RadioSupporter

INTERNET RADIO IS FOR YOU!
Most internet stations and shows were not created to generate huge profits but rather to give opportunities of exposure, discuss niche and social topics limited traditionally and to ultimately educate, empower and entertain the general public.

Join Siren - Choose your Member Type:

For Broadcasters Register
For Artist / Talent Register
For Service Providers Register
For Our Supporters Register

Register so you can Speak your Piece!

What Happened and Why we Need Your Signature(s)?

Here is an explanation for you just in case you don't know what happened - Scroll Down to skip and go direct to signing the Petition(s). 

In mid December, The Copyright Royalty Board announced new rates for internet radio and digital webcasting. This is a process that occurs roughly every five years to determine if rates need changing. This time around rates were changed for some and not others. For example, Pandora will pay more to artists/rightholders and iHeartMedia will pay less to artists/rightholders. The rate changes will not affect how major songwriters or major publishers are paid. It will not affect Satellite Radio for they happen to be grandfathered in under the "Fair Play Fair Pay Act" which offers them a percent of revenue arrangement. It also does not impact such services as Spotify, Youtube and Apple music, etc. For they have direct deals with rightholders (most likely direct with labels, publishers, etc.) which allows them to pay sound recording royalties by way of a statutory license instead. 

However, it DOES extremely affect Small Webcasters - which means it affects Artists and the service providers for them both! Here is HOW and WHY....  

See, there was originally different levels to how the rates where calculated. This was done through the "Webcaster Settlement Act" which only lasted until 2015. So, when these new rates came out it changed to only two rates - one for subscription services and one for non-subscription services. What this means is that Small Webcasters who have smaller audiences and earn smaller revenues (if any) are at a huge disadvantage. For they are now required to pay the non-subscription service fees of $0.0017 per 100 plays - per listener per track. This is a BIG difference from the percentage of revenue model Small Webcasters were under until it expired on December 31, 2015. 

This has caused 1000's of stations weekly to shut down! And this number is growing! For the deadline to begin the new structure is February 1st. Each station would have to make a $500 annual minimum fee (non-refundable) to SoundExchange per channel along with a statement of account form. Then in March the year's first monthly statement of account is due along with payment of the licensing bill. These are due within 45 days after the end of every month. Along with this, a report of use, which must include data on every song played during the billed month, will have to be submitted. So this means after the first $500 is paid Small Webcasters will begin to get bills at the rate of $0.0017 per song per listener!

Here is the thing, Small Webcasters are those who have paid some form of performance royalties to artists for airing their music since the start of internet radio. However, FM/AM terrestial stations have NEVER! For they are protected from doing so under a loophole in U.S. Law. So the question is, if they do not have to pay and we were paying why shut us out of a new agreement. No, we were not represented in legislation like the Microcasters such as non-commercial college stations, for we as small webcasters could not afford such an expense. But there is no doubt that everyone in the Copyright Royalty Board AND at SoundExchange knows this and knew the agreement was expiring.

This is why we have to unify to make our voices heard, to have them understand that we are not just going to bow down and not fight for our right to play! Our services provide opportunities traditional radio does not, exposure AND royalties that traditional radio does not. Artists need to understand that we are for you. We are in no way saying that artists do not deserve royalties for their creations, we are only saying keep in mind that many of you would NEVER receive airplay let alone ANY royalties without Small Webcasters. So we ask that artists, broadcasters and all those affected by this sign the petitions and help us SOUND THE ALARM on SoundExchange and The CRB!

Petition #1 - By Independent Small Webcasters and their listeners

Opposition to Copyright Royalty Board's decision on webcasting rates

Located at GoPetition.com
We the undersigned oppose the decision of The Copyright Royalty Board to not include a provision such as the Small Webcaster's Settlement Act of 2002 which allows for small webcasters to have the ability to pay affordable royalty rate fee's. The rates set are totally unfair to those who do not have the revenue such as the larger broadcasters like Pandora and iHeart. We the undersigned ask that a provision be included in this decision so that thousands of small webcasters and their listeners and services they do business with may continue to enjoy the music and environment they have created and not be crippled by the Fair Play , Fair Pay bill , as it is not fair at all!
Sign Petition

Petition #2 - Opposition to Copyright Royalty Boards Webcasting rates

Opposition to Copyright Royalty Boards Webcasting rates

Located at: Petition2Congress.com
For years, small webcasters have been paying royalty fee's when terrestrial was not! And as a thank you for all the years of trying to do what was right , to be lawful and pay royalties that artists worldwide have worked so hard for and deserve, the Copyright Royalty Board has decided only the wealthy should be allowed to broadcast, thus ending small broadcasters tiny businesses all over the USA.
Sign Petition

Petition #3 - Save Net Radio! We Need Your Help To Petition Congress.

Save Net Radio! 100,000+ Stations Will Perish!

Located at: Change.org
For years, small webcasters have been paying royalty fee's when terrestrial was not! And as a thank you for all the years of trying to do what was right , to be lawful and pay royalties that artists worldwide have worked so hard for and deserve, the Copyright Royalty Board has decided only the wealthy should be allowed to broadcast, thus ending small broadcasters tiny businesses all over the USA.
Sign Petition

Register so you can Speak your Piece!

SoundTheAlarm

WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
We must let our voices be heard on this matter. This means we must raise awareness on what is happening to the general public and the media. We must SOUND THE ALARM!

StrongerInNumbers

WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER!
For us to achieve our goal we need a large amount of support. Now is the time for us to collectively work together towards a common goal. For without doing so, internet radio as we now it will cease to exist!

RadioSupporter

INTERNET RADIO IS FOR YOU!
Most internet stations and shows were not created to generate huge profits but rather to give opportunities of exposure, discuss niche and social topics limited traditionally and to ultimately educate, empower and entertain the general public.