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03/21/2002 My Fifteen Minutes: No CARP

The estimable Doc Searls is linking to my humble site, after I supplied a graphic for the campaign against CARP, the Library of Congress's Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel. The panel recommends that all Internet radio streaming stations pay royalties on each song broadcast. While I'm an ASCAP member, I'm troubled by this: many streaming stations (like the excellent Dr. Yo) are labors of love, or nonprofit community radio moreso than for-profit businesses. Without some provision allowing for free streaming by noncommercial entities, this amounts to a stifling of a valuable community service. (I have, in fact, bought CDs based on what I've heard from 'net radio stations.)