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Rihanna, Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and More Fight Pandora Over 'Internet Radio Fairness Act'

November 15, 2012 02:31:30 GMT

A total of 125 musicians sign a letter to oppose the 'Internet Radio Fairness Act' which, according to research, could slash artist royalties by 85 percent.


Rihanna, Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and More Fight Pandora Over 'Internet Radio Fairness Act'
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Katy Perry, Rihanna and Maroon 5 are among 125 popular musicians who have signed their names on an open letter to congress directly opposing the "Internet Radio Fairness Act". According to research, the bill, proposed by the popular music-streaming site Pandora Radio, could sharply cut musicians' royalty payments for up to 85 percent .

In the artists-signed letter titled "A Musicians' Perspective On Pandora", musicians such as Billy Joel, Missy Elliott, Ludacris and Pink Floyd criticized Pandora Media Inc. for seeking to cut royalty payments of artists when his or her songs are played over the Internet.

Pandora is currently lobbying U.S. Congress to pass the said bill that hopes to level the playing field when it comes to royalty rates paid to musicians. The bill suggests that online radio services pay studios and artists fees that are comparable to radio and satellite radio providers.

MusicFirst Coalition and SoundExchange are two organizations on the side of the musicians saying that such bill could "slash" musician's royalty payments for up to 85 percent if passed. However, Pandora insists that the current law penalizes new media and that the business model needs to change so that internet radio royalty fees are in line with what cable or satellite radio pays. Pandora gets a huge part of its funding through advertising, but the more listeners Pandora gains, the more money the internet music streaming company must pay for rights to stream such music.

The open letter states, "Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair and that's not how partners work together." Billboard magazine is set to publish the letter in its entirety this weekend.

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posted by sara on Nov 15, 2012
Poor millionaire "musicians". Do they know how ridiculous they're making themselves look? Bullying at its finest.
posted by RS on Nov 15, 2012
Really? I tend to think many people are incredibly overpaid in the entertainment industry. I don't think it's fair that the talentless hacks otherwise known as Maroon 5 make millions of dollars while a teacher has to try to survive on $35,000 a year. So yeah these entertainers aren't going to get any sympathy from me.
posted by jenn on Nov 14, 2012
Boohoo so they won't make as much money.. now talk about being greedy the one reason I don't listen to there music
posted by zina bishop on Nov 14, 2012
I don't think that it should be a problem to the artists because they only play a few of their songs here and there. It actually made me want to hear more of Rhianna's music and i bought two cds. Katy shouldn't even be played on any station. She is such a bitch that preaches about maturity and all her music(if you can call it that) sounds like a spaced out whining chit who can't go on in her career without another disfunctional relationship. If anything she should be glad that someone played her songs at all.

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