Just between you, me and the fencepost, I think that it’s past time that
the good folks at the RIAA took a flying leap… off of the Empire State
Building! It’s past time that somebody made it clear to these idiots
that they DO NOT have the right to tell artists what they can and cannot
do with their music. If they want to offer it for free then the RIAA and
it’s affilliate organizations need to get their greedy hands out of
people’s pockets before they lose them.

RIAA
Claims Ownership of All Artist Royalties For Internet Radio

ISurfTooMuch writes "With the furor over the impending rate hike
for Internet radio stations, wouldn’t a good solution be for streaming
internet stations to simply not play RIAA-affiliated labels’ music and
focus on independent artists? Sounds good, except that the RIAA’s
affiliate organization SoundExchange claims it has the right to
collect royalties for any artist, no matter if they have signed with
an RIAA label or not. ‘SoundExchange (the RIAA) considers any digital
performance of a song as falling under their compulsory license. If
any artist records a song, SoundExchange has the right to collect
royalties for its performance on Internet radio. Artists can offer to
download their music for free, but they cannot offer their songs to
Internet radio for free … So how it works is that SoundExchange
collects money through compulsory royalties from Webcasters and holds
onto the money. If a label or artist wants their share of the money,
they must become a member of SoundExchange and pay a fee to collect
their royalties.’"

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