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Sep. 18th, 2007

10:20 pm - Political Squoor

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Ages back, i wrote my Representative in opposition to the annoying royalty payments for internet radio stations debacle. It took months, but today i got an email from Keith Ellison:

Dear Ms. [FeO],

Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about the recent changes to internet performance royalty payments made by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB). I am honored to hear from you, and proud to represent you. Since coming to Congress, I have been working very hard to advance my policy agenda based on four key priorities - peace, prosperity for working families, environmental sustainability, and support for human and civil rights.

Recent changes made by the CRB have unfairly increased the royalties paid by law-abiding members of the internet broadcasting community. These changes have not only made it difficult for not-for-profit public broadcasters to provide quality programming to a broad audience by streaming their content over the internet but it could also put many of these independent media voices out of business.

To address this issue I have co-sponsored H.R. 2060, The Internet Radio Equality Act, introduced by Congressmen Jay Inslee (Washington) and Don Manzullo (Illinois). H.R. 2060 reduces the rates for internet broadcasters to the equivalent rate paid by satellite broadcasters. It also creates a new royalty standard designed for public broadcasters. H.R. 2060 has been referred to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property, where it awaits further action.

As always, please don't hesitate to contact me regarding this or any other matter of concern. Please sign up for my e-newsletter by visiting my website at www.house.gov/ellison.


Keith Ellison
United States House of Representatives

This is by far the best email i've gotten after writing any of my Reps or Senators. Too bad it took him so long, but props to him for not only addressing the issue i wrote about (rather than providing an "I'm deeply concerned about whatever issue you wrote about, here's a form letter detailing my stump speech issues") and in a way in which i totally approve.

Ellison has yet another notch on my "i might vote for you" stick.


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Date:September 19th, 2007 06:39 am (UTC)
Wow. The response is impressive. And about such an arcane subject matter too. I've never received more than the standard form letter.
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Date:September 19th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
I was impressed, but clearly, as he co-sponsored a bill about it, i hit upon one of his pet projects. I wonder if he'd have been quite so candid if i'd contacted him about something the was more on the fence/less informed about.
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