The Day Of Silence is a one day protest to highlight recently enacted fees for online radio. Not only will fees be higher in the future, but they will be applied retroactively.
According to calculations made by the Radio and Internet Newsletter, or RAIN, AOL retroactively owes about $1.65 million in sound-recording royalties for that month alone (and that doesn't include songwriting royalties). By the end of this year, according to RAIN, the company could owe roughly $20 million -- unless the rates are overturned by the board or by Congress, which is still a possibility.Not only will this affect "traditional" Internet radio but also sites such as Pandora and Last.fm. Although, Last.fm has decided not to participate in the protest. Local radio stations such as XPN and WKDU will cease to operate online among thousands of others due to these crushing fees. Please visit SaveNetRadio.org to learn what you can do to help.
Royalty Hikes Panics Webcasters, SaveNetRadio.org