SiriusXM's Two Faced Tuesday
Posted on 10/31/2014

We have written before (here and here) about the unconscionable refusal of SiriusXM (along with other online streaming services, such as Pandora) to pay royalties to artists who recorded music before an arbitrary cutoff date in February 1972.

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The Queen of Soul Shines A Spotlight On The Problem of Pre-72 Royalties
Posted on 10/22/2014

Aretha Franklin, a cultural treasure if there ever was one, released a new album yesterday, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, on which she covers classic songs by classic women.

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The Power of Fair Pay
Posted on 9/30/2014

The deeply flawed idea that artists should be willing to work for free because any airplay or public appearance is valuable “promotion” of their work isn’t limited to the AM/FM radio performance rights debate. 

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GAO Issues Report on Self-Serving Broadcaster Ads
Posted on 9/17/2014

This afternoon, in response to a request from Government Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and the co-founder (along with Mr. Issa) of the Transparency caucus, Congressman Mike Quigley, the Government Accountability Office released a report on the broadcasters' practice of airing self-serving ads on political/policy issues like the Performance Rights Act or Retransmission Consent.

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musicFIRST Asks FCC to Investigate Broadcasters' Refusal to Air “Local Choice” Ads
Posted on 9/8/2014

Today, in light of new allegations that the National Association of Broadcasters television members are refusing to air ads in favor of “Local Choice” legislation, the musicFIRST Coalition asked the Federal Communications Commission to expand and take action on an open proceeding concerning a similar refusal by NAB radio members to air advertisements in support of the Performance Rights Act.   

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@Beyourgenius Interesting take. Thanks for sharing.
.@ChuckMuth on performance rights: broadcasters are "ripping off the very performers who have made them rich" http://t.co/UHpG8OUf8j
SMH. How many times will @SIRIUSXM & @pandora_radio lose before they do the right thing and pay older performers? http://t.co/tzeaOP5gN9