I wrote in August about Sirius/XM’s strange contention that it shoudn’t have to pay performance royalties on recordings made before an arbitrary date in 1972.
For weeks we have been asking whether the Internet Radio Fairness Act and its 85 percent artist pay cut is dead or alive. There were tantalizing hints in this November 13th posting in Forbes Tech, which carried the scoop that Pandora “has shifted focus away from the bill.”
Derek Khanna seriously needs to find an editor. And a fact checker. And especially a laugh tester. His argument against performance rights is so riddled with errors and misstatements, it’s like he forgot that facts are covered by fair use and was worried about including them in his piece.
In the wake of the overwhelming artist opposition to the Internet Radio Fairness Act, we’ve been asking: is IRFA dead or just sleeping?