Just as we’ve all come to love Internet radio and struggle to imagine music before this came to be, a recent legislative decision could jeopardize the entire system. Traditionally, as payment for streaming music, Internet radio webcasters were required to pay an annual fee along with a certain percentage of profits. However, performers who are suffering from lost revenues have been pushing hard for a pay per performance fee. Before the change in legislation, money was paid to songwriters and performers received royalties, but rough times in the recording business are causing a push for this new system. What recording artists seem to forget is that it’s illegal downloads that are causing their wallets to shrink, not legal, license-holding radio stations. In fact, we’ve all seen better days. The new fee system requires a flat fee per song that is played. However, since this change in 2007, the rate has gone up every year. Read more!