When Elephants Dance, Internet Radio Dies

31 March 2002 05:13

When technologists build something that provides enablement of sorts, as usual those capitalists just love to pounce on the opportunity to make even more money. As is witnessed in what's currently happening to digital media stuff that's on the Internet these days. When technologists provide a means for entertainers to let their works be heard and seen to potentially many more people than the traditional medium is able to and subsequently benefit the consumers since they don't have to fork out more due to the cost effectiveness of the new delivery medium, unhappy voices, which ironically aren't of the authors themselves but their publishers, can be heard. I personally like being able to listen to radio stations from other parts of the world, particularly since they play newer variety of songs of different genres rather than repeated select number of songs of the boyband genre like the ones here do. Anyways, I have only recently been made aware that they are trying to control media streams such as Internet radios. Traditionally, in terms of musical works for example, broadcasters would need to pay a certain amount of royalty to the publishers based on the number of times they play a song and also the number of their projected listeners. This model works well since traditional medium like television or radio would have a limited geographical coverage. Now, shift this to the Internet and we have the floodgates of sorts open up. With hundreds of millions of potential audience, would the model still apply? When those webcasters and consumers alike got all excited about being able to reach audience of such magnitude, those royalty seekers dampen the mood with their claims. If this is allowed to continue, no one will benefit in the end. Everbody loses. More on this here.

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