[29 September 2000]
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (McClure & Trowbridge Publishing)
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"Greatest Threat To Freedom Of Speech Since Hitler" - Robert Pullman, Pres. Pullman Inc.
Dear Writer & Music Creator,
This is probably the most important letter you'll read this year concerning YOUR MUSIC and YOUR RIGHTS and FREEDOM. Robert Pullman is CEO of http://InetProgramming.com, a two-channel Inet Radio and Webcast company with branch offices in Jamaica, KY, and Washington/BC.
Pullman is erudite, educated, and has important things to say concerning RIAA, NMPA, and MPAA. If you aren't sure who or what these acronyms are, check http://TrowbridgePlanetEarth.com/T2/T2C1/T2C1Cat.html for news briefs.
PLEASE EMAIL THE SAMPLE LETTER TO THE EMAIL ADDRESSES ON THAT PAGE! AND TAKE THE 2 MINUTES TO FILL OUT SENATOR ORIN HATCH's ONLINE FORM REGISTERING YOUR SUPPORT OF INDEPENDENT RIGHTS FOR YOUR MUSIC ONLINE.
WE WILL LOSE OUR RIGHT TO COLLECT ROYALTY PAYMENTS FOR OUR MUSIC ONLINE IF WE DON'T STOP THE RIAA, NMPA, AND MPAA NOW. Bob Pullman had essentially the same experience, but with RIAA, as we had with HFA-NMPA. Instead of embracing new technology and expansion in the music industry, RIAA/NMPA/MPAA fear the new technology and pushed both Bob and us into a defensive posture, alienating the very people and companies who can lead them into the new lucrative markets!
Speaking at length with Bob, parallels in our backgrounds became evident. Both Bob and I (George McClure) have or have had more-than-Top Secret Federal security clearances. Both Bob and I are highly trained computer experts who have worked at high levels in government defense projects. Both of us are integrally involved in the entertainment/music industry and the Internet.
The RIAA fears Bob's knowledge in starting and running an Inet Radio and Webcast station. NMPA fears George McClure's knowledge in designing and running Inet publishing and mp3/CD music sites. Both Bob and I had the initial reaction of amazement that these people were shutting us out. We both proceeded in every way following social protocol. We are the very people they need the most, and both Bob and I went TO them with open arms to collaborate. Hence our Press Release "Ed Murphy You Are A Coward". They are afraid to face the unknown, alienating those with knowledge instead of embracing us.
Here is Bob Pullman's letter to me. He gave us permission to release it to the Press:
I'm glad to see you making readers aware of the situation with
and the RIAA. What we have here, is a situation that is the greatest
to freedom of speech in this country since Hitler. This situation began
the Dig Mill [Digital Millenium] Act....take a gander through the act and read it
will find that it violates freedom of expression, freedom of movement,
of speech. If this piece of legislation was taken to the Supreme Court
be thrown out. (Somebody needs to do this!)
"I became very familiar with this act when I set up Inetprogramming.com
broadcasting. Webcasters are basically told when they can run material,
often they can run material and whether they can keep an electronic
of the material on the gear past a certain time limit. Can you imagine
up to a standard radio broadcaster and stating these same demands? You
get thrown out the door.
"In order to begin broadcasting we first tested the technology to see if
in fact transmit a quality output that listeners would stay tuned to.
the past year has the quality been comparable to AM radio. That quality
come with Mp3 technology and now java audio. While a broadcaster could
FM quality down the pipeline to listeners the cost per person is
horrendous compared to regular broadcasters. In fact there is no
Quality means bandwidth and on the internet that means money...lots of
eating bandwidth means only limited listeners can listen. There is no
that a webcaster will be able to compete with the standard over the air
broadcasters. There is a massive myth that the internet has high
that it is a threat. In actual fact until the world is wired with
drops to each listeners abode the odds of making any serious impact in
is almost nill. While so called experts talk about high speed bandwidth
realistically looking at 5 to 10 years or longer before households are
sufficiently to handle high quality transmissions.
"When we started Inetprogramming I went through and contacted SESAC,
ASCAP - since there is no one source for music licensing and no
groups on procedures, it was very difficult to even figure out the
I saw were groups that wanted my money but didn't have any firm
the business....all I saw were blanket licenses. All I saw was someone
a buck off of artists but no guarantees that the artists ever saw any
All I saw was "we want our cut but we don't know anything about the web
we've got this piece of legislation that says we are entitled to a
the action (with none of the liability)".
"I also contacted the RIAA about web licensing since like the other
they said they had a web license. Unlike BMI, SESAC, and ASCAP they did
have a standard procedure or form or contracts - I thought this was an
on my part looking throught their website. So I contacted them. They
that they could negotiate a license, and would we please send them some
on our operation so that they could work with us on getting a license.
them a rather lengthy reply and that was the last I heard from them.
"At the time we were test running a local Seattle radio station on one
and the day after we sent the RIAA the info the NAB sued them. I had
point of working with the station on licensing definition and they were
in their statement that they already held ASCAP and BMI licenses and in
were they to be held in need of duplicate licenses...the music was
and anything further was duplication.
"The RIAA arguement that appeared in the press at this time was that
the webcast of the station was in effect a duplicate recording. This is
most absurd idea ever proposed in any industry. A computer output is
more than a transmission box...just a transmitter at the end of the
other attempted definition is ludicrous. Since the RIAA
has attempted to defend this action and has never had a footstep in
I see the whole attempt has nothing more than pure greed - its this
gives the recording industry such a rotten name - a name that it has
the last fifty years.
"As such George, I have to give my entire support to the independent
artists in this massive fight. No where in all the discussions and
does the RIAA, or for that matter most entertainment companies, ever
the fact that webcasting is not a threat but an extension of the
where have they examined the fact that the possiblities of making money
very limited. They seem to think that millions of dollars are being
unpaid royalties...when in fact if there is a broadcaster on the
is making one million dollars webcasting nobody knows who that
We are in the webcasting field because we feel that yes it is the
we want to grow with the technology until such a day arises that indeed
can make a living off of the process.
"We already have a broadcast industry that has gone belly up because of
and extreme costs associated with the music industry. Thousands of
have gone off the air in the last decade because of outdated greedy
The Internet has brought back creativity and outlets for
at a price the little guy can afford. One must remember that this
built upon small businesses and freedom of speech. The RIAA wants to
little guy out of the field by imposing regulations and procedures it
even dare attempt to impose on professional broadcasters. In other
have two standards...one for the rich and one for the poor. Creativity
change is the greatest threat to the old guard and threatens to upset
of greed. The internet is that threat. The RIAA wants to suffocate the
and maintain the status quo (see all the lawsuits). They use the excuse
they are helping artists and recording companies...its alot of
are only interested in one thing - making as much money as they can for
There has never been any innovation that has ever come from big
operations - innovation always comes from the little guy.
"In this country we have fought wars for freedom, just to make sure
this nature never rule. Having read the Dig Mil Act and seen how it
on the basic freedoms this country is built on, and having seen the
greed through RIAA, I can only agree with you that we are facing a most
threat. If the RIAA is allowed to accomplish their goals they will
the independent movement and keep control of the industry in the hands
who control it now...the ones that give the whole music industry a
"So George please inform your readers that we will be happy to work with
to get them airplay and exposure. If we are so lucky as to gain enough
and support, we would move to broadcast all independent material 24x7.
8 years on the road with a band years ago, and considerable time in the
industry, and it is ironic that after decades and decades nothing has
for the better. Hopefully we can battle this threat against American
threat no less dangerous than Hitler was.
425 226 0677"
McClure & Trowbridge Publishing
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