Performance Royalties and the "mob shakedown!"

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Performance Royalties and the "mob shakedown!"

Post by charliefoxx » Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:45 pm

I was interested to see Mr. Bronfman's comments on the Performance Royalties issue, but obviously, Edgar has misunderstood what’s happened between the NAB and RIAA. U.S. Radio broadcasters have NOT finally acknowledged an obligation to pay the recording artists who are the foundation of their business. We have been paying them since KDKA in Pittsburgh started playing records over the Radio they received FREE from the Hamilton Music Store. The records were given, with the agreement that Dr. Frank Conrad would mention where he had gotten the records when he played them. The owner of Hamilton Music knew it would help him sell more records. In doing so, BOTH the Hamilton Music Store and the recording artists received benefit. Radio has ALWAYS paid the artists with in-kind promotion. Radio broadcasters have not acknowledged any obligation. The NAB, which does not represent the majority of U.S. Radio broadcasters, has offered an unauthorized settlement to Musicfirst. We pay royalties to Irving Berlin for writing White Christmas, but we’re NOT going to pay Bing Crosby and Porky Pig for singing it. The RIAA is trying to pull a classic “mob shakedown” on the Radio Industry and the NAB has become complicit in the scheme.

Charlie Ferguson
Northern Broadcast, Inc.
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Post by bonusbaby » Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:38 pm

Thank you for saying what many, and I mean MANY of us feel.

Kelly Hart

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Post by fmdj1 » Tue Nov 23, 2010 11:11 am

Amen! I also think that the argument "well other countries do it" holds about as much water as looking to other countries for precedence for Supreme Court decisions. What makes America great is that we are our own country not beholden to any foreign dignitary. Likewise what makes radio great is we are our own industry not beholden to any foreign record label!

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Post by robnokshus » Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:06 am

It wasn't that long ago that the radio and record industries were in the hot seat because the record industry was slipping money under the table TO Radio Stations for airplay! There is documented testimony from congressional hearings that clearly show the promotional value of Radio airplay to the record industry; valuable enough that they would break the law to aquire it!

In my mind, this establishes a precedent and for the life of me I can't understand why the radio industry doesn't utilize this argument. Oh wait, I just remembered who's running the radio industry now. Nevermind.

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