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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    Billy Hume, 16 Jul 2009 @ 8:21pm

    There are a couple of things incorrect about this article. First off, this is not a tax. Taxes go to the government. This is to collect royalty that is paid to the musicians that perform on the songs that are being aired on the radio. Only 4 other countries besides the USA don't collect this royalty, those being: North Korea, Iran, Rowanda (can't remember the 4th).

    Second, this is not being collected to 'promote' musicians, it is being collected to pay musicians. If u had any idea about how musicians are paid, or actually, ripped off on most major and indie label recordings you'd have a different opinion about this.

    The reason so many people spout the incorrect info that I've read in this article is because there is a concerted smear campaign against this bill. You are falling for a bunch of lies.

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