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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    Ms Escape, 14 Jul 2009 @ 4:59pm

    HA!

    If pandora has to pay to bring a variety of music to the masses, regular radio stations should have to pay to keep playing that cookie-cutter craptastic noise over and over again.

    So what if it happens to fall in league with the RIAA? It's obvious that the RIAA keeps shooting itself in the foot. I mean, just because you might be mad at your mother doesn't mean you're going to jump off a bridge just to spite her ... some sensibility needs to be left to self-preservation.

    This is an excellent plan, bringing in the big guns to fight. Let's bring as many sectors and people in on this as we can!

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