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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    you can hate me, 14 Jul 2009 @ 2:01pm

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    you don't know what you are talking about. first, this isn't a "tax". I know it feels good to use that term and it's become part of the robotic attack on paying for content, but you're all being played by falling for that.
    Second, even if the radio broadcasters beat back the effort to get them to pay for the music they use, webcasters and satellite and cable, etc will still have to pay. Your 'reverse psychology' theory is nonsense. The requirement that Pandora and others pay a statutory licensing fee is federal law. that isn't going away no matter what happens to the broadcasters. Sorry, you'll need another theory.

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