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
    I hate the RIAA, 19 Aug 2009 @ 10:33am

    You (Techdirt) didn't miss it

    http://techdirt.com/articles/20090603/1211175111.shtml

    As a matter of fact, I used the information on your website when I called the company to complain after I received their later alerting me to the increase. The increase in rates is greater than the tax imposed on Sirius. But it provides a nice excuse to raise rates even they were not supposed to after the merger. A win-win for the RIAA and Sirius which equates to 2 loses for the consumer.

    It worked out better that I just signed up for life and saved money and do not (I think) have to worry about this BS tax.

    F*** the RIAA.

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