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Radio News (more headlines) 04-11-2007

A Note To So-called Activists And Artist Advocates

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Lately there's been a huge outcry about the CRB trying to shut down webcasters by raising the royalty rates previously set forth by CARP in conjunction with the RIAA, ASCAP, BMI SESAC and SoundExchange. As a webcaster the subject interested me and as a journalist I felt it was only fair to investigate and report both sides of the story. I contacted many (if not all) of my anti-CARP/RIAA activist friends for input as part of the research for my article and haven't heard so much as a declination from anyone!

As another blow to the movement, SoundExchange, a "nonprofit performance rights organization embodying hundreds of recording companies and thousands of artists united in receiving fair compensation for the licensing of their music," publicly asserted that the outfits protesting the rate hikes (specifically webcasters), are publicly misrepresenting the CRB's decision in order to destabilize the fair market value of the music that keeps them in business. Again, I appealed you for your reactions and didn't receive a single reply.

Lastly, I stumbled upon a major label seeking all musicians to supply them with music for what's sure to be a profitable movie soundtrack. Further analysis revealed that none of the artists would see any kind of compensation from the project, other than their inclusion on the album, and that the label wanted exclusivity to any material appearing on the soundtrack. Given the alleged premise for major labels' fight for royalties, I thought this to be a sure contradiction in terms and you guys would love the opportunity to use this as fodder in your fight. And? No replies.

This started me thinking that maybe you're not really down with the causes you say you represent and that maybe the militant posts you blast all over the Internet are nothing more than your way of compensating for some more deeply rooted social deficiency. More likely, you're all full of sh*t and really don't want to pay out to artists for their hard work and intellectual rights.

This saddens me. I've always felt that the music business was a greedy, gold-digging mistress that didn't honestly care for the rights of its artists and the rest of us who work tirelessly to expose the music that mainstream audiences are most likely never to hear. But, I've also been on the side of profit-making entities to pay the artists who bring in the revenue that keeps them alive. I naively filed in with those of you who've conspiricized big music and its lack of vision in order to bring more attention to us ... the little guy ... only to see you hide behind the Internet when called upon to back it up.

Maybe the allegations are true. Maybe you're all really pirates trying to find a safe harbor in which to hide your true intentions. Whatever the case, don't waste your time asking me to support your cause any longer. I have an excellent relationship with both sides of the tracks and I can't afford to jeopardize that by associating with thugs. If you want to talk intelligently and state your case in such a fashion, I'm willing to listen. Until then I'm done with you.

Thanx,

John "RoadRash" Foxworthy
Chief Editor, GR Magazine

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