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by Chad Rubel

A congressional subcommittee held a hearing Wednesday on a decision the previous day to hike Internet radio royalty rates well beyond what most free stations will be able to afford.

Prior to the ruling, most Internet stations paid royalties based on a percentage of their revenue. Now, outdated copyright laws are being interpreted to require stations to pay a fixed amount per song, per user. What's more, stations are being forced to pay royalties for all of 2006 retroactively.

The royalties paid by FM and satellite radio channels are far less stringent even though they typically all have commercials or subscription fees, unlike most Internet radio stations.

"This represents a body blow to many nascent Internet radio broadcasters and further exacerbates the marketplace imbalance between when different industries pay," said Rep. Edward Markey, chairman of the Commerce subcommittee.

Vice-Chairman Rep. Mike Doyle called the new royalty provisions "outrageous" and noted the many calls his office has received about the matter. Unfortunately, Doyle's press secretary Matt Dinkel tells BuzzFlash that Congress is unlikely to complete any legislative action on this issue before the appeals process expires.


A major Bush counter-terrorism initiative was called into serious question when the Department of Health and Human Services scrapped a contract yesterday for a new medicine to treat radiation poisoning.

Thursday, 08 March 2007 04:21

BuzzFlash Mailbag for March 8, 2007


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Subject: Corporal Sanchez

Come on, BuzzFlash! Where's the story on Cpl. Matt Sanchez, right-wing media darling, escort and gay porn star? This story is waaaaay too tasty to pass up!

Thursday, 08 March 2007 02:12

Cindy Sheehan: The Flash Point

by Cindy Sheehan

I was sitting in an airport by my gate -- it is shocking how many of my stories begin that way these days -- and CNN was on the video screen with The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. There was a "tease" about the Scooter Pie Libby verdict and Wolf actually had the gall to say: "How much more can the Bush presidency take?"


The "surge" in Iraq and all the talk regarding Iran gives credence to the Bush administration's theme song being "we've only just begun"! According to retired General Wes Clark in a recent interview, "About ten days after 9/11, I went through the Pentagon and I saw Secretary Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz. I went downstairs just to say hello to some of the people on the Joint Staff who used to work for me, and one of the generals called me in. ... He says, 'We've made the decision we're going to war with Iraq.' ... So I came back to see him a few weeks later ... I said, 'Are we still going to war with Iraq?' And he said, 'Oh, it's worse than that.' He reached over on his desk. He picked up a piece of paper. And he said, 'I just got this down from upstairs' -- meaning the Secretary of Defense's office -- 'today.' And he said, 'This is a memo that describes how we're going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.'" Some think America sent this administration a message last November, but obviously it wasn't received! Bush and Cheney have been plotting and planning for a very long time and "ain't nothin gonna stop them now"! 

We've heard all kinds of recent talk
About plans for troops to be surging
That's now being drowned out by
Accusations of prosecutor purging.

Chuck Schumer says they were pawns
In a game of political chess
I see Bush as more of a checkers guy
In either case, what a mess.


Senator Bernie Sanders

Washington DC-Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates today testified in response to questions from Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that Gates agreed with his father that the estate tax should not be eliminated.


The only thing better than reveling in the conviction of Scooter Libby these days is listening to the desperate cries of conservatives whining for a presidential pardon. A great example is the Wall Street Journal's Wednesday editorial, which calls the trial "a travesty of justice."

Wednesday, 07 March 2007 05:16

BuzzFlash Mailbag for March 7, 2007


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Subject: Yes! [Tuesday]



BuzzFlash has had a personal interest in the Libby case, since we were the second online – and for that matter journalistic source of any sort – to report on the importance of the outing of Valerie Plame in the infamous Bob Novak column.

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