College Radio Could Go Quiet if Royalty Bill Passes

College radio stations will be hurting- and some might even be forced to go quiet- with the passage of new legislation requiring non-commercial stations to pay music royalty fees and deliver regular music reports.

As The Daily Texan dutifully reports, under the proposed bill, all stations (including student-run radio) would have to pay annual royalties of $500 to $1,000 and ante up for expensive new equipment to report what they’re playing.

A snippet from the Texan piece: “[S]tations would have to build a system to account for every song they play, what time the song starts, how many times it is played and the number of people listening online. This would be a problem for disc jockeys at stations like KVRX [student station at UT-Austin], who often play songs from vinyls, CDs or iPods. The radio stations would be forced to devise new way to efficiently record this information. [A Radio Free Alliance spokeswoman says] ‘Stations would have to come up with the money to put these systems in place, taking away even more money in addition to the $500 to $1000 royalty fees. That would put a pinch on an already tight budget.’”

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