Commerce Dept. Supports RIAA Bailout Radio Tax
from the well,-of-course-it-does dept
But, then, when they started pushing for this new tax, suddenly they amusingly started to claim that radio is "a kind of piracy." Seriously. However, they then immediately contradicted themselves by then accusing one radio station of illegally not playing their music.
Basically, the recording industry is willing to make any argument, no matter how contradictory to get this free money, which they claim they're entitled to. They say that they need to get paid for music played on the radio at the same time that they're pushing money the other direction just to get on the air (since they know it's really a promotion). They say that radio is "pirating" from them, but when a radio station stops playing RIAA music (which should make them happy if it's really "piracy,") they accuse them of abusing the airwaves, and demand an FCC investigation.
This has been nothing but a blatant attempt by the recording industry to get free money through legislative fiat, and it's ridiculous that the Commerce Department would support such an effort.