RIAA Gets AFL-CIO To Support Performance Tax: Payments In Perpetuity For A Small Amount Of Work
from the hard-day's-work? dept
Of course, what does the AFL-CIO have to do with any of this? Absolutely nothing. It's pure politicking on the part of the RIAA and its offshoot lobbying group musicFIRST. The main point is to get more Congressional folks on board with the tax by saying "the unions support it!" Somewhere down the line, I'm sure the RIAA will come to the support of the AFL-CIO on some other random bill as well.
But what's really ridiculous is the statement made by the AFL-CIO explaining why they support this:
"The labor movement was founded on the principle that a hard day's work deserves a fair day's pay. That's the principle at stake in the fight for the Performance Rights Act."But that's not even close to true. The Performance Rights Act is about the opposite of a fair day's pay for a hard day's work. It's about getting paid over and over and over and over and over again for a bit of work done years ago. And, it's not a "fair day's pay" either. A fair day's pay is a contractually agreed upon wage between two parties. This is about the gov't forcing a totally unnecessary and nonsensical tax on radio stations for promoting RIAA music. In what world is it fair to tax someone who helps promote your work?