Greater Media pushing for defeat of "performance tax"

Richard Chonak
Sat Jun 20 12:28:57 EDT 2009

Garrett Wollman wrote:
> The proposal is for analog radio stations to pay
> the same royalties as digital and satellite radio stations already pay
> for use of recorded music.  Since this eminently sensible proposition
> would have the effect of leveling the economic playing field between
> analog and digital radio, the radio industry is of course against it.

The radio industry argues that this discrepancy has only existed a few 
years, and was created by legislation that the recording industry 
promoted, and that the RIAA did so on the rationale that digital media 
were more conducive to the creation of high-quality copies than were 
broadcast media.

If the legislation passes, some inventive radio programmer can 
experiment with shows dedicated to new royalty-free music released under 
"Creative Commons" licenses.


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