Station For Cats Continues To Call For Listener Support To Protest New Internet Radio Royalty Rates

Released on = March 26, 2007, 2:30 pm

Press Release Author = Cat Galaxy

Industry = Media

Press Release Summary = Cat Galaxy, the internet radio station for cats is still
encouraging its listeners to write their members of congress to protest new internet
royalty rates recently passed by the Library of Congress Copyright Royalty Board.

Press Release Body = Cat Galaxy Continues To Call For Listener Support

Scottsdale, AZ---
Cat Galaxy, the internet radio station for cats is continuing to ask its listeners
to keep signing online petitions and to write their representatives in congress to
protest the Library of Congress Royalty Board\'s passing of new rates that would
ultimately put an end to internet radio. The new rate structure was passed earlier
this month on March 2nd.

Up until very recently, internet radio stations have paid royalties based on revenue
but the new rates will call for internet broadcasters to pay .08 cents for every
song played per performance on their stations last year, .11ents for every song
played this year, .18 cents for 2009 and .19 cents in 2010. Internet stations would
also face a minimum mandatory payment of $500 as well. The new rate structure was
originally proposed by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) backed
SoundExchange. Under the old structure webcasters paid royalty equivalent to 10% of
their revenue up to $250,000 and 12% after that.

Most small webcasters didn\'t fall into the category because they weren\'t even close
to threshold. Under the new rate structure, many small webcasters would have to pay
about 100% of their made revenue to operate, which is beyond their means.

\"This new rate structure could shut down many internet radio stations and really
harm the industry as a whole. Station\'s like ours might very well cease to exist if
the new royalty rates are the final word. We\'ve worked very hard to build our
station for all the cats to enjoy. A majority of webcasters like ourselves spend
their own money to broadcast and to keep their stations free for the listeners to
enjoy. Our station is unique in the fact that we broadcast to cats. We also have a
larger audience now as we\'ve been around for 6 years. That\'s a long time for a
station such as ours to be broadcasting especially since we\'re the only station of
its kind in the world,\" said Nohl Rosen of Cat Galaxy.

Meanwhile, National Public Radio, Clear Channel Communications as well as other
internet radio broadcasting providers are currently fighting the new rates and have
filed petitions to have a new hearing granted by the CRB. Webcasters are also
encouraging their listeners to keep making their voices heard.

\"Our listeners are very important to us. We know that if our station were to shut
down, that they\'d be the ones that lose. Also, affected would be the animal rescue
groups we work with. Many of our broadcasts have spread the message about the
importance of spaying and neutering, encouraging the TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return)
program for feral cats, and also promoted cats currently awaiting adoption at local
shelters. We\'ve done what we can to promote the feline causes and we\'ve done what we
can to give cats a voice and will continue do so. However, this new rate increase
could put an end to all that if it\'s left to stand,\" Rosen added.

Chief Copyright Royalty Judge James Scott Sledge asked for position statements from
interested parties protesting the new rate increase as well as SoundExchange to
present its arguments to be filed by April 2nd.

For more information about Cat Galaxy call check out the station\'s web site at

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Contact Details = Cat Galaxy

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