This station is run under the concept of free speech and the joy of music. We Do this for the FUN, and the JOY that MUSIC brings to our lives, and to share that with Others. But licensing and the RIAA is a real concern. We also believe that musicians are artists and should be able to make a living from their craft, but currently the licensing terms make running a station like this extremely expensive.
This isn't a new concern. Back in 2002 many Internet radio stations shut down because the new royalty structure was just too expensive. The base fee for a nonprofit organization, which Flownet-Radio is, is $500 a year and allows an average of 200 simultaneous listeners. And by allowing you to request a song from a list like we do means we'd have to negotiate with each record conglomerate directly. You can imagine how much that will end up costing us, not to mention legal fees.
In addition, there is another rather onerous legal requirement that would change the way this station works if we went will full licensing. We would be forced to comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and obey these important highlights:
So Please help us keep the Music Flowing.