Lack of Radio Performance Tax is Compared to SlaveryAdded: Monday, March 8th, 2010
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It seems like House Judiciary Committee Chairman has taken the debate over terrestrial radio that refused to pay performer royalty fees to the next level, saying that the lack of radio performance tax literally makes slaves out of performers. The news was really heated up these days when John Conyers Jr. said that the slavery had been abolished in 1865 by the 13th Amendment and there was no more free labor. The statement was made at a press conference of musicFIRST, advocacy group funded by Recording Industry Association of America. Conyers also told the crowd that the Amendment has at the same time abolished involuntary servitude. It can without doubt be applied to the present situation – when somebody is told that he’s benefiting from his work product but at the same time there is no avenue for compensation, it does really point to that great problem.
Of course, Conyers puts it mildly when calling slavery a “great problem”, but also cheapens the misery endured when comparing slavery to the lack of a performance tax for artists.
Not taking into the account that slaves just could not choose another occupation as musicians can, injecting this heated rhetoric to the discussion probably only complicates the possibility of both sides to make a rational dialogue with each other, especially when House Judiciary Committee Chairman says that prior to moving forward with legislation he would first like to reach a compromise with those radio broadcasters.
The comments by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, taking the lack of a radio performance tax as a violation of civil rights of artists, don’t really help. Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy and Director of its Washington Bureau declared that being paid for your labor fairly is considered to be one of the basic civil rights. That’s why they are always pleased to support artists everywhere to make sure they are fairly and duly compensated when radio listeners enjoy their music.
Well, actually, one must agree with the Recording Industry Association of America that radio broadcasters should pay the same royalty fees as everyone else – satellite radio, online streaming broadcasters, etc. It would be just not fair if terrestrial radio is exempt from paying fees that everyone else has to pay.
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Monday, March 8th, 2010
|posted by (2010-03-09 08:12:00)|
|Radio has been around for how many years? And now they want to tax it... hmmmmm.|
|posted by (2010-03-09 09:24:59)|
|That man is a twat. It's just like slavery then is it? So you get forcibly taken from your homeland, transported in the most appalling conditions across oceans for weeks, beaten, raped and treated as chattels. Then once you arrive, you get beaten, raped and starved and made to work for the profit of others, then killed once your usefulness has ended. Or...do you in fact, ponce around being a pop star? I wonder?|
People should not go into the Arts to make money, it is there as a medium for your creativity (OK, really to get drugs and chicks), most of the stuff on the radio is absolute tosh anyway that deserves nothing but our derision.
|posted by (2010-03-09 10:05:20)|
|Radio is just free advertising for their music, without it we wouldn't hear the latest they are selling and therefore buy it, earning them millions in the process. They should pay the radio stations as anyone else does for advertising. Note how they all run around like headless chickens doing free interviews when they bring a new album out.|
|Jeez this guy is a buttwad - SLAVERY....|
The ARTISTS ARE A SLAVE TO THE RECORD INDUSTRY.
Remember the record companies USED TO PAT RADIO STATIONS TO PLAY THEIR MUSIC and now most of them are forgein companies demand a tax ON RADIO STATIONS TO PLAY THE MUSIC..
Many of these "Slaves" are telling the record companies UP YOURS and are releasing their music directly to you and I via the internet.
AGAIN PEOPLE THIS IS NOT ABOUT MONEY... IT IS ABOUT CONTROL PERIOD...
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