RIAA Against Obligatory FM TunersAdded: Friday, April 29th, 2011
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RIAA apparently changed its mind on the issue and is now saying that terrestrial radio is the only platform in the modern world that doesn’t fully respect IP rights because of its long-lasting exemption from performance fees. At the same time, mobile devices are a kind of distribution platform that fully compensate artists.
It currently looks like the RIAA has decided to join the team of wireless and consumer electronics trade groups that are opposing the government mandates for FM tuners in mobile phones. However, just less than a year ago the RIAA and the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) developed a scheme according to which the RIAA would help the NAB force Congress to demand that all portable electronic devices included an FM tuner. In exchange, the radio would have to pay $100 million as royalties to musicians and record labels.
The matter was that the terrestrial radio had enjoyed a long-lasting exemption from performance fees under American copyright law. In exchange for the RIAA’s help, the NAB promised to support the “Performance Rights Act” which was intended to amend copyright legislation over the performance discrepancy.
Despite the critics blasting the backroom scheme, the National Association of Broadcasters made an attempt to defend the proposal, saying that it was both pro-consumer and pro-safety. However, a survey revealed that the public didn’t buy it.
Today it seems that the affair has come full circle, with the RIAA teaming up with the Wireless Association and the Consumer Electronics Association in order to oppose the mandated FM tuners in portable electronic devices, claiming that they are a music distribution platform that properly compensates artists. So, the RIAA calls this idea of the government the one making no sense. The same outfits are also supporting the “Creativity and Innovation Resolution” calling on Congress to oppose any mandate for the inclusion of FM tuners in the mobile devices.
Now, when the RIAA is supporting wireless and consumer electronics trade groups, the NAB may experience difficulties in lobbying for mandated FM tuners, particularly with a Republican-led House of Representatives. Moreover, the new partnership may rather convince Congress that it is right time for radio to pay the same royalty fees as satellite and online radio broadcasters.
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Friday, April 29th, 2011
|posted by (2011-04-29 15:13:50)|
|Umm.. the Radio community fought this agressivly.... ALL the local stations here in Baltimore and I am sure alot more nationwide had petitions and call in numbers to protest the royalties... Apparently it worked, Congress did not approve it... We want our free Radio to stay as it is...|
|They are going to cut their own throats. If no one can listen to the music then who the hell will want to buy their shit?|
|posted by (2011-05-03 00:26:05)|
|Of course the RIAA does not wants FM tuner, that would mean less business for them, people will buy less music. The RIAA can not be trusted in this issue, since they have conflicting interest that do not have citizens in mind but profit driven thinking. Where ever you see the RIAA sticking their noses, you will see the money trail right behind it.||
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