Good news…kind of.
It’s a reprieve!
Shake your rebooty! Internet radio will not be silenced on Sunday.
SoundExchange (SX), the collection branch of the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) agreed to a temporary window of opportunity for Internet radio by permitting webcasters to stay on the air without fear of legal retribution, until a compromise between both parties is reached.
Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) brokered the deal at the request of the House Commerce Committee late yesterday.
Markey’s figured out that the RIAA packs more blubber than your average whale.
More good news…kind of.
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) put his head back in its shell for the weekend after being blocked from attaching measures to an FCC funding bill, which, if passed, would give the FCC back the right to play judge and jury.
Its six-figure fines are designed to chastise stations and networks for any expletives broadcast- even if it happens by accident. That includes mics picking up blaspheming from crowds at baseball games, tennis matches, and NASCAR, just to name a few.
The measure also tacks on new rules to violent content on television. Browback feels he's an expert on the matter since he's a lifetime member of the NRA. Just ask Mitt Romney.
Like Internet radio broadcasts, it’s far from a dead issue. Sen. Dan Inouye’s Commerce Committee claims jurisdiction and has placed it on next week’s schedule. Inouye is a moderate Democrat from Hawaii. In these changing times, a moderate Democrat is a moderate Republican in drag.
What can be said about Christian Coalition marionette Sen. Sam Brownback and others of the same ilk? They believe their own hype of living in an evil exploitive world. It serves as their protection. They view others as being petty and vindictive the way themselves are.
What’s the old saying? If you become a friend of fools you can be elected to anything.