It just goes to show that if you get involved.....these guys WILL respond!!


Below is a response to the recent comments I received from you:

Dear Mr. Downing:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the recent ruling by the Copyright Royalty Board. I appreciate hearing from you and would like to take this opportunity to respond.

On March 2, 2007, the Copyright Royalty Board of the Library of Congress issued a ruling that proposes changing royalty rates from a percentage of revenue to a per-song, per-listener fee for online radio stations. The new rates will be retroactive to 2006 and will be increased incrementally each year through 2010. For 2007, online radio stations would pay $0.0011 per-song per-listener.

On May 10, 2007, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Internet Radio Equality Act (S. 1353). This legislation would reverse the Copyright Royalty Board's ruling and would instead apply the same royalty rate-setting standard to Internet radio, satellite radio, cable radio, and jukeboxes. S. 1353 has been referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where it awaits further consideration. Although I do not serve on this committee, please know that I will keep your thoughtful comments in mind should the full Senate consider this or related legislation.

Again, thank you for sharing your views with me. If you have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. In addition, for more information about issues and activities important to Florida, please sign up for my weekly newsletter at


Mel Martinez
United States Senator

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