Has RIAA Changed Its Argument To Make Performance Royalty 'Fair'?
June 17, 2009 at 11:01 AM (PT)
As the battle over a performance royalty continues unabated, a writer for the TECHDIRT website cites a rather opportune about-face made by the RIAA to argue the "fairness" of the new royalty. At issue is the RIAA's previous argument in support of a performance royalty for satellite and Net radio.
"The RIAA is arguing that it needs to get royalties to performers for radio air play to 'even out' the situation, since radio is the "only" platform where performers don't get royalties," MIKE MASNICK writes. "For example, they point to Internet radio and satellite radio, where artists do get paid ... the RIAA claims this is unfair ... after all, why should they get paid for all of those, but not radio?
"Except, the RIAA conveniently wants us all to forget history ... the RIAA argued that satellite radio, Internet radio and other forms of broadcasting were different from terrestrial radio, and therefore required different royalty structures. In other words, the only reason why this 'unfair' dichotomy exists in the first place is because the RIAA lobbied for it by claiming that satellite radio and Internet radio were different."
Read his entire perspective here.