The RIAA and its allies are catching up to the online world by increasing tarrifs on online radios. CMJ.com has more:

Bad news for those of you who stream online radio, and even worse news for those responsible for streaming it. The Copyright Royalty Board has announced that it will more than double the fees that online music stations must pay to license the music on their sites. According to their press release, the US government sided with an assertion by SoundExchange, the company that collects digital music usage fees on behalf of the recording industry, that streaming audio content online is the same as MP3 downloads. Because both formats allow users to save high-quality content to their hard drives, they should therefore be subject to the same regulations.

This could spell disaster for any number of smaller online stations, most of who currently pay royalties based on a percentage of total revenue, the majority of which they glean from on-site advertising. The new regulations will be based around a per-song, per-listener fee format, which means that every time a song is streamed, the station will be charged. For 2007, the per-song royalty fee has been set at 11 cents, but will see an increase to 19 cents by 2010.

Instead of trying to find solutions and adapting to a changing music world, the suits behind The Recording Industry Association of America are slowly digging themselves a deep grave.

Their Gestapo tactics and never ending legal threats have made the RIAA tons of enemies, many of course, being us the music fans.

..we’ve been following the RIAA’s increasingly frequent affronts to privacy and free speech lately, and it’s about time we stopped merely bitching and moaning and did something about it. The RIAA has the power to shift public policy and to alter the direction of technology and the Internet for one reason and one reason alone: it’s totally loaded. Without their millions of dollars to throw at lawyers, the RIAA is toothless. They get their money from us, the consumers, and if we don’t like the way they’re behaving, we can let them know with our wallets.

Adam Frucci the month of March Boycott the RIAA month.

Indeed. In my case, I don’t remember the last time I bought something from one of the big 4, as I like to spend time at the little record store downtown Winnipeg called Into the Music, where I usualy end up buying a localy produced record.

That being said howerver, before you make your next album purchase, find out if the label that issued the album is part of the Big 4 conglomerate via riaaradar.com.

This March: Send a clear message to Sony, EMI, Universal, Warner, etc.

Buy indie!
And spread the word!

And when I come to think of it; we should always be boycotting the RIAA.