Pandora: If We're Getting Taxed So Heavily By SoundExchange, Radio Should Be Too

from the strange-bedfellows dept

Well, this is rather disappointing. Just days after caving in and agreeing to new webcaster rates that will harm pretty much everyone, Pandora has gotten right into bed with the RIAA/SoundExchange in supporting the Performance Right Act (the RIAA Bailout Act) to extend a similar unnecessary tax on radio. Pandora's reasoning is no surprise: basically it's saying that if it has to pay such a silly tax to help promote musicians, it's unfair that radio stations get away without paying something similar. But, still, it's disappointing. Rather than looking at adding value to the overall market, Pandora has basically decided that it's "enemy's enemy is a friend" and is supporting such a law simply because it will harm radio stations. This makes me think significantly less of Pandora.

Filed Under: bailout, performance rights act, radio, webcasters
Companies: pandora, soundexchange


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  1. identicon
    you can hate me, 14 Jul 2009 @ 1:53pm

    What do you all do for a living?

    So why shouldn't a business enterprise (Pandora) pay for the inputs (music) it uses to create its very successful product. I don't get the creed that you all subscribe to - that somehow music should always and everytime be free and anyone who deviates from this is somehow a sell-out to the "man". It must be nice to live in this simple, binary world. But everyone else (including innovative people like those who run Pandora) must exist in the real world where hardworking artists (and, yes record companies) would like to make a living just like you.

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