Archive | October, 2002

Is Digital Radio a Goldmine for the Recording Industry? More on the RIAA quest for royalties.

A News.com article reports:

“Digital conversion will put radio under the purview of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a controversial 1998 law that some believe has greatly expanded the powers of copyright holders. “

In short, this means that when broadcasting in digital a traditional brodcast station indeed may have to pay royalties to the recording industry, just like an Internet webcaster. If the whole radio dial goes digital, then the royalties paid to record companies could skyrocket, as each broadcaster becomes liable for thousands to millions of dollars in royalty payments.

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Recording Industry’s Been Banging the Royalties Drum For a Long Damn Time; The Quest for Total Control Is Endless

Let’s go back eleven years, to 1991. Like now, the recording industry was in a pitched battle over piracy. Only then, the ship was called “home taping,” not mp3. Digital audio tape, which would allow for bit-perfect copies of CDs, was threatening to land stateside from Japan, and blank audiocassette sales were through the roof.

Beyond just fighting “pirates,” the recording industry was also trying to harvest new revenues from the same old product.

Where were they looking? Plain old radio, TV and cable….

It’s too easy to assume that these issues are born with new technologies, and the lazy, myopic and amnesic mainstream press does little to expose the falsity of this assumption. The RIAA has been trying to extract more royalties out of broadcasters since before 1976, for crying out loud. Should it be any surprise that they’ve finally gained some ground 26 years later?

The game is the same even if the playing field changes. Whether it’s broadcast radio, digital audio tape, mp3s, the Internet or digital radio, the issue is control. …

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It’s Time for Indy Journalists To Start Pissing People Off

…It’s time to break some eggs, and get the attention of more of the public, even those who might not give two shits about a protest in DC, and who may not even give two shits about protestors being pre-emptively arrested and brutalized. We don’t have to pander to them — we have to piss them off, get them riled up and thinking about what’s really going on. As it is now, I think too often they don’t even notice. …

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