The RIAA and its corporate masters have had it in for Internet Radio ever since dial up. There have been many instances over the past decade when it looked like the plug would be pulled. But the forces of evil always lost. I actually got tired of the battle - it started to feel like Star Wars. Public Radio had worked out a special deal with the copyright police and I felt confident that those friendly terms would extend to any non-commercial or College station as well. And for the most part they did.
But now, the battle has changed. The Copyright Royalty Board (link) is proposing new rate hikes that will pretty much kill Internet Radio. And this comes at the same moment all those special deals mentioned above, expire. So is this really serious? According to many of my smart Internet Law friends - yes. Check out this detailed analysis of the situation by Doc Searls (link) Doc also provides links to a few sites where you can keep track of the story. On a side note - my friend John sent me a link to last week's House hearing on the future of radio where congressman Doyle defends mash-ups and mix tapes (link)