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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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Aug 2009 @ 9:29am

    And so on... and so on... and so on....

    And then the XM Sirius subscribers go online and download a few songs to make up for the two dollars they were charged (not matter of the money, more of principle), and piracy goes up, and the music industry has to charge more to XM Sirius to make up for it, then the subscribers go online and download a few songs to make up for the two dollars they were charged, and piracy goes up, and the music industry has to charge more to XM Sirius to make up for it, then the subscribers go online and download a few songs to make up for the two dollars they were charged, and piracy goes up, and the music industry has to charge more to XM Sirius to make up for it, then the subscribers go online and download a few songs to make up for the two dollars they were charged, and piracy goes up, and the music industry has to charge more to XM Sirius to make up for it, then the subscribers go online and download a few songs to make up for the two dollars they were charged, and piracy goes up, and the music industry has to charge more to XM Sirius to make up for it, then the subscribers go online and download a few songs to make up for the two dollars they were charged, and piracy goes up, and the music industry has to charge more to XM Sirius to make up for it, then the subscribers.... yada yada yada.

    It will never stop until the music industry finally pulls their heads out.

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