Feeds

New Alliance for webcasters

Dissenters look for healing touch

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

New hybrid storage solutions

Webcasters have a new forum this week, with the launch of the Webcaster Alliance. Many of the founding members dissented against the attempted compromise Small Webcasters Amendment Act, or HR.5469.

The Alliance's founding members include Mike Hays of Twangcast, who was part of the negotiations with the RIAA until he quit in disgust; Ann Gabriel who will be the Alliances' first President, and Bob Pullman who wrote a ferocious condemnation of the SWAA here. The group says it will welcome hardware and software vendors too, and stressed that it will lobby for results that benefit all members of the community, rather than a small demographic:-

"Our industry was torn apart by the introduction of and latest attempt at legislation in HR 5469," says Mark Glynn of NewOrleansRadio.com and the Alliance secretary in a release announcing the launch.

It's getting confusing out there, with a number of bodies claiming to bring webcasters and sympathetic parties together. There's the IWA (International Webcasters Association) established in 1996, and more recently Mike Roe's Voice of Webcasters (VoW) list. The VoW list saw some wide ranging discussion, with Roe becoming the biggest advocate of the RIAA-negotiated compromise. So how's the new Alliance going to be different?

Brian Hurley of Detroit Industrial Radio told us that the WA was a community, unlike the VoW, and noted that the IWA declined to take an official stance on HR.5469 during its controversial voyage through Congress. There are no plans to introduce membership fees, he added.

"We hope to have webcasters of all sizes working for fair legislative relief," he told us. "The WA plans to lobby for a fair legislative settlement and work toward proving the promotional benefits of internet radio," said Ann Gabriel.

You can find the Alliance's website here. ®

Related Stories

'96 pc of Net Radio' to close after backroom deal screws grassroots 'casters
RIAA-backed webcast bill 'a disaster for the US'
'RIAA-written' Net radio bill served to Senate
Civil disobedience promised after net radio royalty bill falls

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't
Silicon Valley's veteran seadog in piratical Putin impression
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.