Unbelievable. After the stunning Smackdown to Sirius last week on Pre-72 recordings, Pandora chooses to double down on it’s own bad behavior.
AVOID EXCUSES LIKE THE PLAGUE.
The Wall Street Journal reports Pandora’s side of Pandora’s latest artist relations debacle:
Pandora is confident in its legal position, said Pandora’s public affairs director, Dave Grimaldi, and is open to supporting federal legislation that would require all music services to pay performance royalties on pre-1972 sound recordings.
Here’s the ambiguity: “…federal legislation that would require all music services to pay performance royalties on pre-1972 sound recordings…” This depends on what the mean of “all” is.
First of all, Pandora doesn’t get to decide when they get to follow the law. If this is Pandora’s best argument for stiffing legacy artists, then why are they paying royalties to anyone at all?
The law only requires digital music services to pay performances for sound recordings, not allmusic services. So what is the deeply experienced Washington lobby boy Grimaldi actually saying? Pandora wants to…
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