Radio Not Exempt

A couple of months ago I wrote an entry concerning the royalty fees that sites like Pandora are required to pay in order for them to stream their music. With these internet radio sites, sadly, losing this battle, a decision has finally been made. Congress recently signed in the Local Radio Freedom act which does not change any of the existing royalty laws. This means that internet radio is desperately trying to prevail in an era in which terrestrial radio is trying to maintain control. This means in the coming years Pandora and Spotify will continue to battle out in court the ridiculous amounts of fees they are having to pay artists for playing music. Does the chokehold of terrestrial radio regulation destroy the sanctity of what playing music is about? Or is internet radio attempting to usher in a new era of how music is heard? You be the judge.


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