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H.R.6480 Internet Radio Fairness Act of 2012, 112th Congress

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  • Latest Action: Oct 02, 2012 Referred to the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet.

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  • Committee Assignment: House Committee on the Judiciary

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  • Committee Assignment: House Committee on Judiciary - Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet

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  • 31% of users oppose H.R.6480

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  • H.R.6480 has been viewed 6,669 times

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    Supporting Organizations

    • Pandora Internet Radio

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    • Computer & Communications Industry Association

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    • DSN Hits

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    • Consumer Electronics Association

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    • Electronic Frontier Foundation

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    • Clear Channel

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    • Internet Radio Fairness Coalition

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    • AccuRadio

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    • Digitally Imported

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    • Digital Media Association

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    • Digital Sound and Video

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    • Engine Advocacy

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    • HD103.com

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    • Musera Radio

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    • National Religious Broadcasters Music License Committee

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    • Radio Paradise

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    • Salem Communications

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    • Small Webcaster Alliance

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    • Triton Digital

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    • TruLocal Media

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    • 977 Music

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    Opposing Organizations

    • Americans for Tax Reform

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    • American Association of Independent Music

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    • AFL - CIO

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    • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

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    • Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

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    • SAG-AFTRA

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    • SoundExchange

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    • The Recording Academy

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    • National Music Publishers Association

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    • musicFIRST Coalition

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    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On October 07, 2012, by CitizenKate - I have a different perspective than jvaldez and supporters. In short, it's "So what?" If I sell, say... a software program - but it could be any kind of widget - that companies buy and use to make money, I don't adjust the pricing of my product based on how much more or less they have to spend than other companies to use the program, or, whether they have other sources of revenue to supplement what they earn using my program. Most people would think that's outrageous. It's really none of my business, as a vendor, how client companies do business as long as they satisfy my licensing requirements. That would not make sense in any other industry; why should it be any different for the music industry?

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      As noted by CitizenKate, a user on OpenCongress.org, on October 07, 2012, "I have a different perspective than jvaldez and supporters. In short, it's "So what?" If I sell, say... a software program - but it could be any kind of widget - that companies buy and use to make money, I don't adjust the pricing of my product based on how much more or less they have to spend than other companies to use the program, or, whether they have other sources of revenue to supplement what they earn using my program. Most people would think that's outrageous. It's really none of my business, as a vendor, how client companies do business as long as they satisfy my licensing requirements. That would not make sense in any other industry; why should it be any different for the music industry?"
    • On October 01, 2012, by stewey2000 - I agree with jvaldez, the satellite radio stations had to buy satellite time to provide their own service, so they should have to have a higher price, pandora uses the connection someone else is already paying for. It makes sense they would have different profit margins, the are providing different services, one is radio everywhere, the other is radio within range of a cell tower or internet connection.

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      As noted by stewey2000, a user on OpenCongress.org, on October 01, 2012, "I agree with jvaldez, the satellite radio stations had to buy satellite time to provide their own service, so they should have to have a higher price, pandora uses the connection someone else is already paying for. It makes sense they would have different profit margins, the are providing different services, one is radio everywhere, the other is radio within range of a cell tower or internet connection. "
    • On September 26, 2012, by jvaldez - I disagree - Sirius XM and even Spotify use more advertising and/or user subscription fees to offset their costs and prop up their revenue model. Pandora is basically asking the federal government to fix the rates to make them more favorable to them, so they don't have to use more advertising to bolster the bottom line. This is bad legislature.

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      As noted by jvaldez, a user on OpenCongress.org, on September 26, 2012, "I disagree - Sirius XM and even Spotify use more advertising and/or user subscription fees to offset their costs and prop up their revenue model. Pandora is basically asking the federal government to fix the rates to make them more favorable to them, so they don't have to use more advertising to bolster the bottom line. This is bad legislature. "

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    Highly Rated News Articles

    • Internet Radio Fairness Coalition Launches to Help Accelerate Growth and Innovation in Internet Radio To Benefit Artists, Consumers and the Recording Industry - October 25, 2012 by PR Newswire - ...hinders the growth of Internet radio businesses and platforms and hurts consumers, artists and innovators. The bills, H.R.6480 and S.3609, were introduced by Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Jared Polis (D-CO), Darrell Issa (R-CA), and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) in

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      As noted by PR Newswire on October 25, 2012, "...hinders the growth of Internet radio businesses and platforms and hurts consumers, artists and innovators. The bills, H.R.6480 and S.3609, were introduced by Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Jared Polis (D-CO), Darrell Issa (R-CA), and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) in" (http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/internet-radio-fairness-coalition-launches-to-help-accelerate-growth-and-innovation-in-internet-radio-to-benefit-artists-consumers-and-the-recording-industry-175775071.html)
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