Anonymous Coward writes "Just got this in the mail from Tim Westergren, Pandora's CEO: "I'm writing today to ask for your help. We've had a disastrous turn of events recently for internet radio: Following an intensive lobbying effort on the part of the RIAA, an arbitration committee in Washington DC has just dramatically increased the fees internet radio sites must pay to the record labels — tripling fees and adding enormous retroactive payments! Left unchanged by Congress, this will kill all internet radio sites, including Pandora. Tomorrow afternoon there is an important U.S. Senate hearing on the future of internet radio."
This issue has started to get blog coverage: http://gigaom.com/2007/03/05/webcaster-royalty-ra
If you live in the US, please contact your local Congressman now!
Please note that I have no Pandora affiliation except as a very happy user."