Funday Pawpet Show meets CARP
We knew it was coming, but it's still a shock when it actually happens.
The CARP legislation hits the Funday Pawpet Show, extort... erm... requiring payment retroactively from their first broadcast -- 29 January 2001 through 31 August 2002.
In my opinion, CARP stinks to high heaven.
The following announcement from Randy Fox was posted on the FPS Mailing List:
Well, we knew the time was coming, and it has.
CARP, and Soundscape, the evil spawning of the RIAA has sent FPS it's
letter of collection. FPS was filed with the US copyright office for
Jan 29, 2001
I Still have to do the total calculations, (Will be making a phone call
to them to find exact calculation formulas).
Under their rate fees, using their brodcast hour calculations, we fall
short of fees, so we are required to pay their minimum annual fee, of
They are requiring Historic back payments from Oct 28, 1998 thru Aug 31,
Effectively, with when we are on record for, I need to pay them by Oct
20, 2002 for periods between 1/29/01 and Aug 31, 2002. This total, if
carried on to Jan 2003, will be the amount of $1000.
If calculating is correct, I assume they are going to want roughly $42 a
month, and so I need to pay up.
My Plea: I can't afford this. If this hits my pocket, I will need to
pull the plug on FPS, as I can no longer financially take the
burden. With this recent hit, we are now liable for $1250 a year in
music licensing alone, then on top, the phone lines, electric, repairs,
If any of you can possibly help support these expenses, please help and
make a donation. I don't have this cash to pay up, and if I can't pay
it, I may have to pull the plug and sell assets to pay what I owe them.
I have never made a post to the list like this begging for financial
assistance, but I have stuck desperate times. I greatly appreciate
those of you that have been making financial contributions, as your
efforts have kept us going this long, and without you all, we would have
never gone this far. I hope we can continue to bring you a show every
week, and are looking to start season 4, as long as we can get by these
My rant: These licensing agencies, BMI, ASCAP, SESAC and now
CARP.. Simply don't realise that non-profit, non-commercial entities
can't just pick $$ off the money tree, and it is agencies like this that
will milk the lil guy, just having some fun, making no financial gains
off the music use, right out into the silence.. Tis a shame, but it is
the Law, and I trying to be a law abiding citizen, must comply.
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