14.04.2015 - 16:47 [ Techdirt ]

No, Getting Your Music Played On The Radio Is Nothing Like Slavery

Every couple of years, like clockwork, the RIAA gets its friends in Congress to introduce some form of a performance rights bill, that would require radio stations to pay compulsory licenses to performers of the music they play on the radio. Every year it goes nowhere because the radio owners‘ big lobbying group, the NAB, is about equal in power to the RIAA. So the two sides fight it out, donate a lot of money to Congress, and nothing changes. There’s generally a lot of FUD thrown up in the process, along with some crap about „fairness“ when that’s not what they’re really pushing for at all.