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Artists Could Not Sell Music Without Radio

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(11/30/2012 3:15:40 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I'll allow as to how internet streamers are getting screwed. But for radio operators to jump all over the traditional fees...
What a pack of irritating complainers.
Were they breaking crystal glasses at the poo-bah gathering with all the extremely high-pitched whining...?

- Ronald T. Robinson
(11/30/2012 3:03:29 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Translation: We will continue to try and weasel out of making payments to Sound Exchange as long as we can.

Reality: Music Radio is dead without music. Pay up you cheapskates.

- Reynolds Chase
(11/30/2012 2:46:30 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
The bottom line: radio has made many artist very wealthy. I consider us a promotional outlet. The current model has worked well for radio the artist since the beginning.

I agree, Maybe we should go back and bill those who made great fortunes thanks to the promotion of their music on radio.

If every radio station stopped playing music. It would have a major impact on the music industry.

Don't bite the hand that has gave you tremendous success, and will continue to support you in the future.

- Damon Collins
(11/30/2012 2:01:21 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
At the rate big media groups are converting FM stations to talk and sports, I'd say this move is already afoot.
- casual observer
(11/30/2012 1:56:25 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
The US is the only developed country in the world where broadcasters do not pay a performance royalty (well, unless you count Iran or North Korea).

Somehow the broadcast industry in Canada, Europe, etc. has managed to survive.

- Bill Goldsmith
(11/30/2012 12:00:43 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
When an artist performs their music on SNL or Letterman or the Tonight Show, does each TV station that airs it pay SoundExchange a performance royalty? When that segment is rebroadcast to millions via You Tube, are they being asked to pay SoundExchange? This may come down to radio structuring individual 'play for promotional consideration in exchange for waiving royalty fees' with certain bands and labels. In effect, that would say, "If you want your music promoted and played on the radio, great. Confirm that we are vauable to you. If not, that's fine. We won't be hurt by songs and artists we don't play." As I recall in the late 1990's, the issue was that people could make a pristine copy of digital music, and that was the argument for the crafting of the DMCA. Finally, has anyone challenged the "willing buyer/willing seller" model that the Copyright Court used to set these rates? The radio industry does not operate on a willing buyer/willing seller platform. We don't charge subscription fees, like XM/Sirius or Pandora's commercial-free service. This seems to be another case of whatever Washington gets its hands on it makes the worst possible decision based on a lack of knowledge and understanding even after they attempt to understand the matter at hand.
- Alan
(11/30/2012 11:32:03 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I agree with much of this article; but I disagree with the premise.

Look at iTunes top 100 selling songs today:

How many of these songs are getting regular FM/AM radio airplay? A large fraction of them receive minimal airplay.

- Eric Funk (KRKQ PD)

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