It’s the 13th hour for small webcasters, as broadcasters and supporters scramble to find a solution to new performance royalty rates that threaten to put hundreds, or even thousands of stations out of business. If that many small community or commercial broadcasters were about to go under, there most certainly would be a loud public outcry. But the crisis facing this segment of independent broadcasting is falling outside the spotlight.
We talk with Paul Merrell of StreamLicensing.com, a service that manages royalty payments for webcasters, to learn how that company is addressing the issue. Then we review efforts that are underway to bring awareness of the issue and perhaps encourage a compromise between small internet stations and music copyright holders.