If you listen to live streaming Internet radio, you might not be able to do it today.
In protest to a new ruling that will raise royalty rates for webcasters on July 15, retroactive to Jan 1, 2006, some Internet radio stations are participating in a Day of Silence. Some of the more noteable are Shoutcast, Yahoo Music and Live365.com.
The rates will shift from a percent-of-revenue model to a flat fee per song played. More about the change can be read at the site Save Internet Radio.
A bill has been introduced in congress to stop the rollout of the new fees called the Internet Radio Equity Act.
This has been a pretty big mainstream media story this morning, but I wonder if this will become an issue with podcasts that feature music?
tags: Radio+Silence, Save+Net+Radio