Episode 554

Royalty Rates Push Religious Webcasters Out of Market, Send Relief Partners Persevere in Ukraine & The Value of Keeping Alert

Feb 28, 2024

Noncommercial religious broadcasters are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review copyright royalty fees, alleging they favor secular speech over religious expression. In the midst of Ukraine’s ongoing conflict, which has tragically claimed over 10,000 civilian lives, the story of Luba, a woman whose life was shattered by the bombing of her home in Bakhmut, highlights the profound impact of compassion and faith. And, in the midst of Ukraine’s ongoing conflict, which has tragically claimed over 10,000 civilian lives, the story of Luba, a woman whose life was shattered by the bombing of her home in Bakhmut, highlights the profound impact of compassion and faith.

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Noncommercial religious broadcasters are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review copyright royalty fees, alleging they favor secular speech over religious expression.

Religious broadcasters have asked the court to review a July 2023 decision upholding U.S. Copyright Royalty Board royalty rates that in some cases are 18 times higher for religious noncommercial webcasters than for secular National Public Radio (NPR) broadcasters.

At issue are the royalty rates stations must pay copyright owners to stream their songs. Rates are set every five years in statutory licenses the royalty board issues, allowing webcasters to forgo getting separate licenses from individual copyright owners.
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In the midst of Ukraine’s ongoing conflict, which has tragically claimed over 10,000 civilian lives, the story of Luba, a woman whose life was shattered by the bombing of her home in Bakhmut, highlights the profound impact of compassion and faith.

Luba’s journey from despair to belief in God, thanks to the support of Send Relief partners, underscores the wider narrative of suffering and hope in Ukraine.

Send Relief has completed over 100 projects that have reached 1.9 million people and led to more than 10,000 individuals embracing faith in Christ. The ministry’s efforts, from providing food and hygiene supplies to offering trauma counseling and spiritual support, have not only addressed physical needs but have also fostered spiritual openness and hope amid adversity.

Churches, transformed into beacons of hope, play a pivotal role in this response, demonstrating the power of faith in action. Despite the challenges, including rising living costs and the psychological toll of war, the commitment to aid and inspire hope through Send Relief continues, emphasizing the need for ongoing support and the difference it makes in the lives of many.
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Every day, hundreds of thousands of people die without the hope of Jesus. Your faithful prayers will make a difference. That’s why the IMB created a free 18-month calendar, called “Impacting Lostness Through Prayer”. It provides guidance, reminders and encouragement as you pray for individuals and communities who have yet to hear the gospel. Learn more about this free resource at IMB.org/prayercalendar.
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In the Baptist Press Toolbox, Todd Chipman says the New Testament write John would have his readers embrace the role of alert allegiance to God amid temptation faced in our regular lives.

First, as we stay alert and maintain allegiance to Jesus, we are protected from Satan’s traps and the spiritual deflation that they bring. Jesus’s promise of blessing those who embrace the role of staying alert rests on God’s justice to reward the faithful.

Second, we should remember that God’s will help us during trials and temptation .

Third, we need to be watchful for sinful patterns that may develop in our lives.

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