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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    NIsmoto, 14 Jul 2009 @ 2:35pm

    Re: Re:

    What are you talking about? Pandora's BEEN battling the royalty fees for years. It should not have been a surprise.

    Like I said earlier, Pandora is not the only internet radio station that will have to pay royalties.

    I've been a Pandora listener for years and will continue to use their service until the bitter end. Thanks Tim!


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