from the and-so-it-goes dept
But now they want the radio stations to pay them to advertise the labels' music? Isn't that getting the equation backwards?
This is nothing more than a federal bailout of the RIAA, who still refuses to embrace new business models. Instead, they have to squeeze others and get the government to force them to hand over money. A real business model doesn't involve changing the law. It involves giving others a reason to buy. Apparently, that's too difficult for the RIAA.
As for the claims that a performance license will somehow help musicians, that's bogus as well. First, ask the RIAA's SoundExchange about all the money it keeps for itself and about all the musicians it "can't find." Besides, all this will do is harm up-and-coming musicians. Because radio stations will now need to pay more for playing music, they'll play less music, and if they're playing less music, they'll focus just on the big name acts. Smaller up-and-coming artists should be furious with the RIAA for giving radio stations less incentive to play their works. Remember, this is the opposite of payola. While payola got new records on the air, this will make sure fewer get on the air. But it will sure put a bunch more money in the pockets of the major record labels. So there's that.