Singing The Same Song: 1962 Article Demands Stricter Copyright To Stop Jukebox Loophole

from the sound-familiar? dept

With the news of the latest push by the RIAA to close the "radio loophole" to squeeze more money out of their music, it's worth noting that this is really nothing new. The industry has been doing it for ages. Thanks to Tim Lee and Matthew Yglesias for pointing to an article from 1962 where (oh no!) the industry was claiming that copyright law needed to be strengthened to deal with greedy business owners who weren't paying their fair share every time their jukeboxes played a song. Apparently there was something of a "jukebox exception" in royalty rates, where jukebox owners only needed to pay for the records they bought, and not each time they were played. Luckily, the law was changed in 1976, allowing the recording industry to survive. Otherwise, it surely would have perished.

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    ScaredOfTheMan, 25 May 2007 @ 7:45am

    Why can't

    Some university researcher do his/her thesis on the RIAA / MPAA and their response to every new technology in the last 50 years (oh however long they have existed) I think it would be interesting reading. First the Jukebox, to VHS to Radio, to MP3 players (least we forget the RIO and Diamond Multimedia) to XM, to p2p.

    I think the theme would be, they cry, scream and sue every time anything that remotely has the wiff.... of being in contact with... anything that may or may not threaten 'the Artist' (Read:their monopoly).

    Then submit it to congress or something...just a thought

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