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Radio Moris is doing a great thing for the Mauritian Community worldwide… I love listening to my home country's music and I'm sure a lot of people feel the same way too… I'd play & listen to Séga Music 24/7 if it was practical to do so.

However, what is written below is what the current reality is and it is the result of several hours spent researching the issue raised and it does not reflect my own personal opinion, views, feelings, beliefs and/ or values...


Traditional radio station broadcasts are limited by two factors:

1. The power of the station’s transmitter (typically 100 miles)

2. The available broadcast spectrum (you might get a couple of dozen radio stations locally)

Internet radio has no geographic limitations. For example, a broadcaster in Australia can be heard in Canada on the Internet. The potential for Internet radio is as vast as cyberspace itself (e.g. Live365 offers more than 30,000 Internet radio broadcasts).

Internet radio appeals to “micro-communities” of listeners focused on special music or interests, and the Mauritian People across the world form one of those communities.

There are two ways to deliver audio over the Internet: downloads or streaming media. In downloads, an audio file is stored on the user’s computer. Compressed formats like MP3 are the most popular form of audio downloads, but any type of audio file can be delivered through a Web or FTP site. Streaming audio is not stored, but only played. It is a continuous broadcast that works through three software packages: the encoder, the server and the player. The encoder converts audio content into a streaming format, the server makes it available over the Internet and the player retrieves the content.

Until the 21st century, the only way to obtain radio broadcasts over the Internet was through a PC. That will soon change, as wireless connectivity will feed Internet broadcasts to car radios, PDAs and cell phones. The next generation of wireless devices will greatly expand the reach and convenience of Internet radio.

CD-burning is a common form of music piracy. With this type of activity there is a mixture of piracy both via the Internet and in the conventional sense. Music is transmitted at the request of the consumer from a computer server to a particular piece of hardware from which custom manufacture of a CD then takes place.

It should however be noted that whilst in the music business the greatest exposure to piracy is found with the illegal and unauthorised copying of musical works onto physical product, it should also be noted that performing, or playing musical works in public without a licence can, in appropriate cases, constitute a criminal offence also. Historically this type of infringement has not been labelled as "piracy".

Additionally, the unauthorised upload, download or transmission of a sound recording is no less prejudicial to the financial incentives for production of sound recordings, and thus no less effective in drying up creativity, than its physical-piracy counterparts. As a consequence, today's unauthorised digital broadcaster or Internet service is no less piratical than their less sophisticated associates in the analogue world.

All this has led the international music industry and legislative bodies to recognise the need for action against piracy. One recommendation is to extend the notion of 'piracy' to encompass infringing material made available widely over the Internet. Traditionally linked to infringements involving reproductions for commercial purposes and on a commercial scale, the notion of 'piracy' must now address the realities of global networks, where infringements in one place become instantaneously available in every place.

In conclusion, the recording industry is facing a future that may be very different from its past. New disc and equipment standards, new encryption technologies, compilation-disc kiosks, interactive transmissions of music in many different formats and on-line talent scouting, may well change the way that people enjoy music. Copyright needs to adapt in a number of ways to keep pace with these developments. But its purposes remain the same and this is to encourage the production and dissemination of creative works and phonograms by ensuring financial rewards for both creators and investors.
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