Sirius XM Passes RIAA Tax On To Consumers

from the but-of-course dept

Not quite sure how I missed this earlier (update: oops, turns out we didn't miss it -- so consider this an encore presentation), but Bret alerts us to the news that with the ever increasing royalty rates pushed by the RIAA in the form of its "spin-off" Sound Exchange, and codified by the Copyright Royalty Board (for whom I still do not understand how anyone can justify its existence), that Sirius XM has simply added a $2 RIAA tax to everyone's monthly bills to help pay for the new performance royalties. Yup, because the RIAA and its members haven't been able to come up with a business model that works, they get the courts to tax you for listening to your satellite radio (on top of what you already pay and what they already pay to songwriters and publishers) and that gets passed on to you. Just imagine what will happen if the RIAA gets its wish and gets to add a similar tax to terrestrial radio stations as well. If you thought radio was chock full of commercials before...

Filed Under: performance royalties, radio, satellite radio, tax
Companies: riaa, sirius xm


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Howard, Cowering, 19 Aug 2009 @ 10:00am

    Re: SIRIUSXM (#4)

    Two brief suggestions:
    1) There is a key on most computer keyboards, located on the left, usually three rows up from the bottom, called something like CAPS LOCK, or CAPS, or LOCK, or it may just have a capital letter and a lock image on it. It's a toggle, so if you hit it once, it changes state from or to locking the capital letters obtained by pressing the other keys. Polite discourse is more easily performed when the toggle is in the off, or lower case, mode. If there is not any lighted indicator of which mode is operating, typing a couple of letters will show you which one you're using.
    2) Reading the post will usually (although not always) improve the quality of your response. It's not "report[ing] on Sirius," it's reporting on a new fee imposed as a result of the RIAA's failed business model being propped up by massive campaign donations and lobbying efforts. Sirius XM just happens to be the conduit through which RIAA's grubby hand reaches into unsuspecting consumers' pockets.

    I'm looking forward to your next post, as I'm certain that you will take this advice in the friendly and courteous manner in which it was intended.

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