Greater Media pushing for defeat of "performance tax"
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
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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