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I believe that you are comparing apples and oranges or you yourself are misinformed. If these rules are adopted RSS technology will be directly impacted; after all who is going to use the RSS technology just to obtain the ID3 tag of a song; or a meta tag description of a song. They are going to want to hear the music itself. The perform act which is still pending in Congress as we speak will punish podcasters who use opening and closing themes to their podcast since that is in the eyes of the copyright office, those who license the music and those perform the music see that as a form of broadcasting as well. Instead of trying to punish the entire digital radio industry (which would be a very lucrative industry, might I add in the sense that we could help create jobs in the economy and bring in an additional source of taxable income for the IRS to add to the congressional spending whims annually), what needs to be done is a compromise. Let's try not to bleed the radio station owners, maybe levy a fair tariff to those who help provide the technology and make Internet radio possible (ie: The shoutcast server providers; ect) Being a internet radio provider, I am more than willing to pay an extra dollar or two per month to operate a station, the extra money could go to help recoup the loss that the music industry fears. In fact in other countries such as Canada, copyright owners are compensated by a sales tax upon digtal media (blank CD's, CD-R and CD-RW rewriteable data)to help off set the cost that the record companies would lose due to "file sharing". The point is; Internet radio isn't the only victims in these vicious politically motivated attacks, it's going to be a far more reaching devastation and RSS technology is not exception.
Ok, just to clarify some misunderstandings on my part I now realize what Mr. Palmer was alluding to. There are more than one way to obtain digital music, ie: Streams from internet webcasts, yes RSS feeds (as so elegantly explained by Mr. Palmer himself via an email conversation that I had the pleasure of having with him) and of course the dreaded Peer to Peer method but unfortunately for congress they are battling a can't win war on digital music there are just too many avenues in which anyone with an internet connection and a desire to obtain music can utilize to circumvent any restrictions that they (they being congress) try to implement. Killing a thriving industry such as digital radio isn't going to solve their problems, in fact it'll simply just add to it with internet users just purely revolting, increase what congress and the RIAA considers "piracy" and then I am sure in some twist of PR grand standing in the media digital radio will be the scapegoat as for an excuse. It's a never ending vicious cycle and I really wish for once congress would get their heads out of the sand, start making entertainment distribution equal across the board so that perhaps we can all enjoy music without the threat of a $3,000 plea bargain hanging over our heads.

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