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  1. That petition is full of inaccuracies. It's title says "Opposition to Copyright Royalty Board's decision on HR-1733" - First, the CRB has nothing to do with that bill and certainly didn't make a "decision" on it. Second, the bill has nothing to do with the expiration of the rates we have all been paying. Third, the bill is ONLY about FM radio paying for an FM transmission and not at all about online streaming. Finally, the bill is not yet signed into law (and if the NAB has anything to do with it, it will probably never see the light of day). However well-intentioned it may be, that petition was created by someone without a full understanding of the situation, the law and how this process works. In comparison, in 2007, SaveNetRadio generated a MILLION phone calls to Congress. A petition with a few thousand signatures, incorrectly worded and aimed at the wrong place will, I'm afraid, have no effect or even make us look like we have no public support this time around. As many of you know, I was deep into this in 2007 (I started SaveNetRadio before turning it over to DiMA/Qorvis) and I'm not sitting here doing nothing. I'm making plans. Brutish speaks wisely though. We may need to act, but not yet. Without getting into specifics, there will be talks this week. I believe those talks need to take place FIRST. I believe we should give the sides some room to see if a non-adversarial solution is possible. I know many here stand ready to act if that turns out not to be the case, but I'd encourage everyone to hold their fire. We're more effective if we all aim and fire at the same target at the same time. IMHO we're just not to that point yet, and until we know how the talks are going, we don't know what our call-to-action should be. Hope this makes sense....
  2. ReSound is expensive unless you are a legally registered non-profit organization. "non-commercial webcaster means any webcaster other than the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, that is owned and operated by a not-for-profit organization" - Source: http://www.resound.ca/en/docs/tariff-8.pdf Hopefully you're all good there. If you're not a legal nonprofit, they will want a lot more than $25 though.
  3. Understood. You're missing the point. All those IPs all over the world are being TOLD when to connect to your stream by a system running on the subnet I mentioned above. In short, users download free software and install it on their PC. They create a "wishlist" of songs they would like to - for lack of a better word - steal. The central system monitors thousands of stations. When a song plays that is on someone's wishlist, their PC software connects to your server and rips it. When the song ends, they disconnect. Popular songs could see hundreds of simultaneous connections from all over the world. By banning the subnet above, you're preventing that command and control system from monitoring your server. So now it can't tell the end user software to connect to you and grab tracks. Make sense now? Ban the subnet, and you kill their system - as far as your station is concerned anyway...
  4. Run Shoutcast? 1) Issue a SUBNET ban to this IP range: (Ban Whole Subnet option) 2) Now search your listener page for connections that are from 207.244.72 - When you find them, kick them. This will solve your problem for the time being.
  5. 1) MediaMonkey might help - worth a shot since it's a free download - but otherwise, it's ptobably going to be a manual process to get the tags right. 2) StreamLicensing does not have an API at this time. They pull data direct from servers. LoudCity actually discontinued their API back in 2011 as well, due to the need in some instances to learn the location of the listener - something the API did not provide. It was still allowed for grandfathered stations, but not offered to new ones.
  6. So a local school wants to live-webcast their events (Friday night football, basketball, concerts etc) online. They have a laptop, an HDMI-Output camera, and a Windows 2012 server on a 100mbps pipe with both IIS8/IIS Smooth Streaming and Darwin Streaming Server installed. They bought a Hauppauge PVR2 as a USB video adapter and the thing is so proprietary that it will only output to Twitch, UStream and nothing else. Microsoft's Expression Encoder and other 3rd party encoders don't want to play with the Hauppauge - It doesn't seem to support DirectShow so all you ever get is a black screen. I need help steering them in the right direction. This kit will travel to away games too. So given that I need to be able to encode to either Windows Media Serve or Darwin Streaming Server, with a Laptop/Windows 7, does ANYONE have a hardware recommendation for the USB capture device? Thanks in advance!
  7. In the USA, the answer would be "It depends..." 1) Commercials, and music used in commercials, may only be licensed for Over The Air broadcast. 2) OTA signals don't provide you with ANY metadata for royalty reporting and DMCA compliance 3) If the FM station carries news, syndicated shows, or NFL/NBA content, you can actually serve time for rebroadcasting it under your own banner/logo. Not to mention the fines... Your question is fair, but you should be aware that copyright law is a minefield and unless you have all your legal ducks in a row, I would avoid doing something like this. But that's just my opinion. At the very least, you should have an open conversation with the FM station in question. It's also my opinion that, when it comes to the matter of rebroadcasting a terrestrial station's content, legal advice is probably best obtained from a qualified attorney and not a forum.
  8. Rebroadcasting an FM station is probably not legal. You may want to consider either: 1) Redirecting your listeners to the FM Station's own website if you're off the air, OR... 2) Building your own playlist that loops when you're off the air Besides the sticky legal issues of retransmitting an FM signal, the metadata on the retransmission wouldn't be there - meaning automated logging for royalty reporting would not be possible.
  9. The intention of most aspects of the DMCA is really to discourage theft (ripping, in the case of streaming radio). So as far as that goes, I'm in favor. I'm really not interested in paying bandwidth and royalties so someone can add to their personal music collection. Most of the time when I see DMCA cited on websites dealing with royalties, the word "intentionally" seems to be included a lot, meaning that accidents happen. I agree with shoutcaststreaming - I set my playout and requests systems to follow the rules as best they can, and then I forget about it.
  10. Thanks for the kind words! I've met so many nice people in the webcasting community over the years and I feel very lucky. Oh.. and before anyone speculates, I am not the "interested party" lol
  11. Or it could be that the guy in charge just got tired of it and closed the doors, only to be approached by someone else who was interested in taking it over. Point is, you don't know and making assumptions that have no basis in fact is extremely unfair to the parties involved. Marvin is indeed working long hours to accommodate former LoudCity customers and deserves both credit and the extra business. StreamLicensing is a well-run company with good infrastructure, staff and overall approach to the business. I'm working with them helping LoudCity clients make the switch and my own station is headed over there within the next week or so. I'm thrilled that there's still options open for small webcasters, but I'm also grateful to LoudCity for 9 years of operation, their willingness to take on as many SWCast refugees as possible, and their involvement in the CRB royalty mess a few years back. Personally, LoudCity doesn't owe me anything - including a "professional letter". I'm just appreciative they were around when they were, and I'm ready to move forward and explore everything that StreamLicensing has to offer.
  12. I think it's competition. Both for Pandora, and of course for stations listed in the old iTunes Internet Directory (which is still there, but somewhat hidden in the US version of iTunes). Apple avoided branding it iRadio, I believe because that trademark was taken. They launched it this past week simply as "iTunes Radio" and judging from the fact that it trended top-10 for three straight days on twitter, and reading through some tweets, it's a hit with listeners.
  13. I run 64kbps too - I sense most of my listeners are in the office. A 64kbps AAC stream is gentle on bandwidth (less likely to rebuffer) and "good enough" for most PC speakers, especially in a noisy environment. I think there's a point (probably higher than 64kbps though) where you run out of advantage with AAC+ Perhaps around the 96kbps mark, higher bitrates probably don't add much more. Not an expert in that arena though
  14. The "spirit" of the rule is to discourage theft. Generally, a recording under that language would be considered the original work/album (All tracks by same artist). If we all had to keep track of every time a "Best of the 80s" CD was released with various artists, it would be nearly impossible. While I don't think it's good to play a compilation disk from start to finish, I wouldn't worry too much about playing more than three in an hour from that collection, especially if the songs are played in random order.
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