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Nah on the mp3.com/Vivendi bunch, as they're not too interested in paying
anyone despite their recent rigging of the royalties determinations.
I have a station on Live365, EarthLight Online, that's running over two
hours of my material at this time. I'm not using my full allotment
obviously. But, I've just gotten a notice from them saying that, because
the recent rulings about royalties, they have to charge people a $5/month
fee for the former free stations to cover it all. Like I was talking about
several months ago? I hate being right sometimes.
This is hilarious in a dark way, in that I own my own material, it's not
registered with ASCAP or BMI (at this time), and I pay nobody for the use
it. Somewhat similar to the situation described as being in Italy, but at
least it's not prohibitive as yet. I do appreciate the costs associated
with running such a process even without the attempted squashing by the
and their gangster buddies.
Suffice it to say that I have no money as usual, and so if I can't pull $5
out every month starting in August, EarthLight Online will also be a victim
of royalty rates.
So here's my proposition:
If you'd like your material to be played on the station, send me a CD and
let me know which pieces you'd like to have playing - along with a small
amount to help defray the $5 cost, but also my time in encoding and
uploading (bandwidth costs money too) to my site. Respond to
firstname.lastname@example.org off the list, if you'd like to do this. I can
promise you I won't make a dime on this, but I do need to keep from being
the hole as well.
Stephen P. Goodman
http://www.earthlight.net/Studios - The Free Loop of the Week!
http://www.earthlight.net/Gallery_Front.html - Cartoons!
http://www.earthlight.net/HiddenTrack.html - More Cartoons!
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