125 Major Acts Unite To Oppose Pandora Plan To Cut Net Radio Royalties - hypebot

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Mark Doyon

Less than two years after going public, Pandora is back with a new strategy to drive down artist royalties. As enthusiastic proponents of the proposed Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA), they have officially left their pro-artist stance in the rearview mirror.

http://wampus.com/2012/11/15/pandora-a-change-in-priorities/

Nelson

It's not just the rates are cheaper there is a huge issue for those of us that care about free speech in this act namely Sec 5 (see below) and this part alone is one of the most anti competitive clauses build into legislation that I've seen in 25 years at looking at bill's.

SEC. 5. PROMOTION OF A COMPETITIVE MARKETPLACE.
(a) Limitation Of Antitrust Exemptions.—

(1) EPHEMERAL RECORDINGS.—Section 112(e)(2) of title 17, United States Code, is amended—

(A) by inserting “, on a nonexclusive basis,” after “common agents”; and

(B) by adding at the end the following: “Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to permit any copyright owners of sound recordings acting jointly, or any common agent or collective representing such copyright owners, to take any action that would prohibit, interfere with, or impede direct licensing by copyright owners of sound recordings in competition with licensing by any common agent or collective, and any such action that affects interstate commerce shall be deemed a contract, combination or conspiracy in restraint of trade in violation of section 1 of the Sherman Act (15 U.S.C. 1).”.

(2) DIGITAL SOUND RECORDING PERFORMANCES.—Section 114(e) of title 17, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:


“(3) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to permit any copyright owners of sound recordings acting jointly, or any common agent or collective representing such copyright owners, to take any action that would prohibit, interfere with, or impede direct licensing by copyright owners of sound recordings in competition with licensing by any common agent or collective, and any such action that affects interstate commerce shall be deemed a contract, combination or conspiracy in restraint of trade in violation of section 1 of the Sherman Act (15 U.S.C. 1).

Click here>>>>> http://bit.ly/fullirfa to see the full bill and call, email, and connect with your representative via social media NOW.

Carl

I'm a Pandora subscriber and am due to renew this month. I have canceled my renewal and have written the following to Pandora at its email form here: https://help.pandora.com/customer/portal/emails/new

Not Renewing Because of Your Attempts to Reduce Artist Compensation

My account's annual renewal occurs in ten days. I love your service and will greatly miss it, but I regret that I'll not be renewing because of your lobbying to reduce the percentage of revenues paid to artists.

Some of my favorite artists, including Jackson Browne, have spoken out about this issue, and I believe they are correct. Your top executives are making millions of dollars, and artists also deserve a share of Pandora's substantial earnings. I will not contribute to a lobbying effort that is intended to deprive artists of that sustenance.

Note that as soon as you drop this lobbying effort (without having attained its ends), I will re-join your service.

Sincerely,

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