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[Wired] Recording Industry Decries AM-FM Broadcasting as 'A Form of Piracy'

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On Monday, the recording industry sent the National Association of Broadcasters -- the trade group representing the $16 billion a year AM-FM broadcasting business -- a can of herring to underscore that it believes its arguments against paying royalties are a red herring. The NAB says its members should not pay royalties because AM-FM radio "promotes" the music industry.

The herring present followed another gift -- a dictionary, a bid by the recording industry to explain what it saw as the difference between fees and taxes. The NAB describes the latest royalty proposal as a tax.
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"It's a form of piracy, if you will, but not in the classic sense as we think of it," said Martin Machowsky, a musicFirst spokesman. "Today we gifted them a can of herring, about their argument that they provide promotional value. We think that's a red herring. Nobody listens to the radio for the commercials."

The coalition includes the Recording Industry Association of America, Society of Singers, Rhythm & Blues Foundation, Recording Academy and others.

The argument boils down to this: Radio is making billions off the backs of recording artists and their labels; and the recording artists gain invaluable exposure because they're on the radio, so royalties should not have to be paid.
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Internet, cable and satellite broadcasters pay royalties to all participants involved. Singers, musicians and the labels get no royalties when AM-FM radio broadcasters air their songs.
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......I'm.....just speachless......
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If it were up to the RIAA and MPAA we'd all get our ears and eyes torn out at birth, to then get the option to pay them for 'listening' and 'watching' royalties later on in life.
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The RIAA gives me the impression, and I really hate to say this; that they've got a Nazi running their company.
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about their argument that they provide promotional value. We think that's a red herring. Nobody listens to the radio for the commercials.
What a retard. The point was that having the music played on the radio promotes it.
A lot of artists wouldn't be this popular if they weren't broadcasted on the radio.
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This is just getting out of hand, now. Radio play time, and even internet radio play time, help bands sell CDs. That's all there is to it. It used to be a band's dream to get played on a radio, just to get their name out there. Now, they all just make a Myspace, and there's no legwork involved in a band "making it" any more.

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Cry me a river, build me a bridge and get over it recording industry...
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When AM and FM die, so will modern music. It's as simple as that.

Think about the majority of your friends: Whats the first thing done when you get in the car? Turn on the radio. Why do they decide they want to go to iTunes and buy a new song? Heard it on the radio. The RIAA is stepping on very dangerous ground if they piss off the broadcasters.
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