I think the issue is, should a not-for-profit corporation have to pay Stevie, before Stevie is Stevie and is just an up-and-coming talent with a harmonica? WFMU (and countless basement webcasters) aren't playing in the same ball park as the "music biz"--but they're weak relative to that biz, so of course they must be destroyed...
- tom moody 7-05-2002 8:05 pm

npr has struck an agreement (the terms of which no one will disclose) that will allow them to continue webcasting. there are no provisions to allow small not for profit radio stations to continue webcasting which in the case of wfmu has been a substantial growth sector in the last couple of years.
- bill 7-15-2002 11:18 pm [add a comment]

Hopefully technology like this will soon reshape the discussion. This is the same principle as the ad hoc mesh network stuff I keep talking about. Instead of every listener being only a listener (with everyone drawing a stream from the same server,) each listener is also a retransmitter. So the initial station just serves the stream to a few people who listen while rebroadcasting the stream to a few other people, etc...
- jim 7-15-2002 11:32 pm [add a comment]

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