DNAlounge.com: Webcasting LegallyJan 01, 2001, 13:35 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jamie Zawinski)
"Today's word is "labyrinthine." Keep it in mind. The laws related to the reproduction and distribution of music are very complicated, and there are a number of different organizations responsible for collecting royalties on behalf of the artists. In order to operate an internet radio station legally, one has to deal with a lot of different groups. I'm going to try and explain how all this works (in the United States, at least), but it's going to take a while. I'll start off with some definitions. ... If you want to operate an internet radio station legally, you need to do these things:
"What's going on here is that the music industry establishment are absolutely terrified of the internet, and are trying to prevent any kind of progress that might require them to evolve and change their business models to keep up with the times. They are pretty much trying to legislate the internet out of the way, and force things to continue to be done as if early-20th-century technology was still all we have to work with."