RIAA Drops $2.1 Million Lobbying Congress
June 22, 2011 at 5:35 AM (PT)
The RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (RIAA) spent $2.1 million in the first quarter to lobby the federal government, reports BUSINESSWEEK.COM. The money was spent "on protecting intellectual property rights in various countries and on a proposal by radio station owners to compel cellphone makers to include FM radio chips in handsets, according to a disclosure report."
The RIAA supported a performance royalty to be levied on radio stations and opposed an NAB proposal that FM chips be mandated for mobile devices sold in the U.S.
RIAA lobbying is up $700,000 from what was spent in the same period a year ago. $1.5 million was spent in Q4 of 2010.