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Tonight Live: The Final Edition, the Last TLS (As you know it)

Jun 25, 2002, 21:30 (10 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Jeff for this link. ]

Tuesday, June 25th, 2002
from the home of Wayne's World, Aurora IL
Tonight LIVE on www.thelinuxshow.com

At 6pm pt, 7pm mt, 8pm ct, and 9pm et.... Kevin Hill, Jeff Gerhardt, Doc Searls (Linux Journal), Arne Flones and Russ Pavlicek; have another strange and wonderful show lined up tonight on The Linux Show!!

Segment One- The News. We will cover THE HOT NEWS of the last few weeks tonight. In particular, we will talk about the risk being taken by Lindows, and Peru's congressman Villanueva's coordinated effort with Argentina, Spain, France and Mexico to legislate Linux and Open Source in government infrastructure.

Segment Two- The end of an Era Wake up folks you have just been screwed!

Tonight we are sad to inform you of a change to The Linux Show. Last Thursday the Librarian of the Library of Congress, in the excercise of authority to to settle arbitration road blocks, fixed prices on an industry group and thus established a new cost for broadcasters. This new cost is ONLY levied on those who are Webcasters. The process in this case is called a CARP or Copyright Aribitration Royalty Panel. If the Panel can not come up with a working formula, then the Librarian is empowered to set the prices as he or she sees fit.

You could call this taxation without representation, except that it is not a tax at all, but a payment from one industry group to another. For detail of this CARP settlement look at the document located at http://www.copyright.gov/carp/webcasting_rates_final.html.

This proceeding was to "obstensibly" provide a new income stream to artists. However, the money passes through the hands of the recording industry first, and then the recording artists label, and then it gets to the artist in a diluted form. In essence, This fee is a Welfare Program for the Recording Industry.

The main stream broadcast industry was able to get themselves excluded from this fee. So, this fee preserves the status quo within the broadcasting industry, by putting a fee on the backs of the only serious competition that broadcast has seen come along in years. So, this fee is also a Welfare Program for the OLD Broadcast Industry.

Had OLD non-innovative broadcasters been subject to this same fee structure, a radio station would have to pay the recording industry a fee amounting to greater than their collective advertising revenues. Examine as an example a radio station in a secondary market that has 100,000 average listeners per hour, would generate fees in excess of $6,750,000.00 per year. This would cripple the broadcast industry, and therefore was NOT approved. However, this identicle level of fees was assessed to webcasters. So, if you did not sit on your laurals, and tried to innovate in new technologies, you get punished for it. The status quo gets rewarded.

This means the death of the Webcasting Industry as we know it. Freedom of CHOICE has been taken away from you by the recording industry again. Just like the artificial $16.95 retail cost of a CD that was created by the recording industry is a constant screw job on the consumer, you have once again been screwed by the imposition of CARP.

So, today The Linx Show announces our last show using our present format. From this day forward we WILL NOT play music by any artist or song writer, that does not provide Music on a OPEN basis.

If you are in a band or represent an artist, please contact us asap to be added to our play list. Please join us on the show, and check our IRC Chat(irc.thelinuxshow.com #linuxshow).
Remember tune in at 6pm pt, 7pm mt, 8pm ct, and 9pm et. NOTE: we are now on Daylight Saving Time in the US.
Catch the Linux show at www.thelinuxshow.com

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