The EFF's Fred von Lohman is noticing that SoundExchange, the RIAA spinoff group in charge of collecting and distributing royalties from satellite radio and webcasting, is having trouble finding certain artists they owe money to. That might not be that surprising, if the artists were obscure. However, included on the list are a fair number of pretty well-known, major label artists that they absolutely should be able to reach -- especially since SoundExchange has members of all the major labels on its board. It's worth noting, of course, that if SoundExchange "can't find" these artists to give them their money, it gets to keep the money for itself. The recording industry always likes to set itself up as doing what it does for the best interest of the artists -- and politicians and members of the press often present the RIAA as representing musicians. Doing things this blatant doesn't help the record labels convince anyone that their position is in support of musicians, and it seems like it's about time that people stop letting the labels present themselves as taking any position for the sake of the same musicians they apparently don't want to pay.
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