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
    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2009 @ 11:38pm

    Re: What do you all do for a living?

    You're right, you're completely right. What's wrong with a company having to pay thru the nose for the privilege of selling my product, even if that means that added to all the other costs it will actually COST them money to broadcast instead of having that thing, how's it called. Profit? Dividends? Anyway, if they play my music they should give me 75% of the money, even if they already used 50% of it to cover expenses. What? What do you mean they can't pay 125% of the money they collect? Well it doesn't matter because the music is MINE MINE MINE MINE!

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