IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation) have started demanding that music bloggers pay a 'limited online exploitation license' for any promotional material that is sent to them by artists, labels and promoters. This includes all websites that are available to view in Ireland, so international sites will also be affected, including Pitchfork and Stereogum. There have been a lot of protests against this new license, particularly from those whose interests IMRO are supposed to support, as two acts pulled out of their showcase event at the Dublin Academy. This was in protest of their record label, Richter Collective, one of Ireland's finest labels, also being told to pay the license fee for streaming their music on their own website. Here's what the highly respected Irish blogger, Nialler9, www.nialler9.com, had to say: "My biggest gripe with this license is that it’s a blanket fee that doesn’t take into account the size of a blog or site really. Sure, it has three price bands but lumping a music blogger who blogs from home in his spare time in with a professional company is wrong. It will have a reductive and destructive effect on the promotion of music online as many bloggers won’t be able to afford these fees and as a result bands will have less of an outlet to promote their music.Is the license fee paid worth more than the promotion of bands and hence, gig attendance, record sales etc? IS this what the bands want? Do bands want bloggers to pay license fees to promote their songs – do speak up. After all, IMRO is speaking on your behalf already and they have decided to apply this license to music sites and blogs without any negotiation or dialogue apart from here’s a license, pay it. IMRO will negotiate with Youtube, concert promoters such as POD concerts so is there room here for negotiation?" Niamh Burke Neff, label manager of Bedroom Community, also had a point to make on the issue: "Surely the resources they would put into that would be better allocated to devising a better way of collecting and paying the artists their broadcast royalties from more traditional (and commercial) media (something that every artist I know already complains about, and not just with the Irish collection society but also their EU colleagues)." If you want to find more reactions to this misguided, downright ridiculous decision that IMRO has made, you can join the 'Save The Irish Music Blogs From IMRO!' Facebook group here And if you feel that this is all irrelevant to you just because you're not based in Ireland, then have a think about the ideas that this might give IMRO's UK and US equivalents, PRS (Performing Rights Society) and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) if this goes unchallenged.