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In relation to the recent ruling by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) on the issue of royalty rates for internet radio for 2006-2010. Personally, I listen to internet radio in my free time as I tend to spend a lot of time on the web, and I quite enjoy it. Little to no advertising, nice selection of songs, and a wide variety of niche stations to choose from if you like a particular genre of music over another. As outlined in the breakdown of fees contained in the first link above, it does appear this ruling will increase the royalties these stations will have to pay (they already do pay royalties, but not nearly as high as proposed) to beyond what even a large internet radio station can afford. My one question that pops in my head when I read through this simply is: What the hell were they thinking?
RIAA is undoubtedly thrilled as the CRB adopted its position on fees, but I struggle to see how this could even help RIAA one bit. By raising the fees to the point that effectively all stations that broadcast on the web are unable to afford the rates, they would have to instead shut down and thus noone is making any money off of royalties as there is now noone to play the music in the first place. The immeadiate urge to think of this as simply a money grab by the RIAA comes to mind, but then it's hard to find much purchase for that thought considering for it to be an effective money grab, you'd at the end of the day not be wanting to completely destroy the source from which this supposed revenue is to come from.