This is Tim, the founder of Pandora.
I am writing to ask for your urgent help. An important piece of legislation has just been introduced in Congress that could end long-standing discrimination against Internet radio. I'm asking that you contact your Representative to urge them to support the Internet Radio Fairness Act.
This bipartisan bill will correct the incredible inequity in how different digital radio formats are treated under the law when it comes to setting royalties. The difference is quite extraordinary. In 2011, Pandora paid over 50% of our revenues in performance royalties, while SiriusXM paid less than 10%.
As a lifelong musician, I'm fully supportive of artist compensation, but this situation can't continue. Internet radio is bringing millions of listeners back to music, and is playing the songs of tens of thousands of promising artists who would otherwise never be heard. It should be given a fair chance to succeed.
To voice your support for this initiative, please reach out to your Representative today and say you support the Internet Radio Fairness Act, bill number 6480.
Senator: John Dingell
Washington D.C. Office Number: 202-225-4071
You can also tweet your representative: @john_dingell
If you'd like more information about the Internet Radio Fairness Act you can learn more here.
It's crucial that Congress hears from fans of Internet radio today. Thanks for your support, and thanks
for being a loyal listener.