Google, Amazon, Pandora Join MIC Coalition
Teams With Radio To Combat Royalty Hikes
April 30, 2015 at 11:02 AM (PT)
Online titans GOOGLE, AMAZON and PANDORA have decided to team up and launch the MIC (MUSIC, INNOVATORS, CONSUMERS) COALITION with the NAB, radio groups and other interests that use music. The group plans to lobby against bills in CONGRESS and actions by SOUNDEXCHANGE and the COPYRIGHT ROYALTY BOARD -- pushed by major label groups and publishers who want to raise digital royalties.
Its mission statement: “MIC (pronounced ‘mike,’ as in ‘microphone’) COALITION is composed of companies, associations, consumer groups, venue owners and artist advocates who are committed to a rational, sustainable and transparent system that will drive the future of music and ensure that consumers and consumer-serving businesses, such as retailers, restaurants and hotels have continued access to play music at affordable prices.”
“The next 24 months are pivotal for music, with big decisions coming from the DEPARTTMENT OF JUSTICE, the COPYRIGHT ROYALTY BOARD and CONGRESS that will have the potential to determine how and where music is played and what costs consumers and users will bear,” MIC COALITION added.
Predictably, label groups and publishers were less-than-enthused by the effort. “Streaming giants like PANDORA have long exploited these archaic regulations to use songwriters’ work while paying them almost nothing,” NATIONAL MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION Pres. DAVID ISRAELITE told FINANCIAL TIMES. “Sadly, it’s no surprise that they are joining other tech and streaming giants to fight the songwriters and artists who made them.”