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
    bigpicture, 19 Aug 2009 @ 12:15pm

    Re: And so on... and so on... and so on....

    Let's simplify it all. It is not really their music (the Recording Companies that is) they stole it from the musicians who created it, so that they could monopolize it under the (special buddies interests) monopolization laws.

    But since previously they had provided mostly the only way (both a legal and technical monopoly) to deliver this music to the fans, then the fans still considered the extortion prices to be value.

    Now that they have lost their technical monopoly (others can deliver the same service better and for less) then they are trying to further leverage their legal monopoly by such devious tactics as suing the potential customers, and other smaller more defenseless entities such as Real, Sirius etc. Why have they not taken on the deep pockets like Google, because Google can buy more politicians and judges than them.

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