RIAA caused webcast split, says ex-IWA exec
The recent split in the webcast community was fomented by the RIAA
(Recording Industry Association of America), "engaging in what appears to be
classic divide-and-rule tactics".
Susan Pickering, former executive director of the International Webcasting
Association, is quoted in a November 21 The Register interview
(http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/28211.html) as saying an RIAA
approach to IWA attorney David Oxenford, who'd been working pro bono
for the association, was made without the IWA's knowledge.
"The IWA had been trying to negotiate with the RIAA over the CARP royalty
rates without success," says Pickering, going on, "It led to a small,
break away group of webcasters cutting a deal with the RIAA and replacing a
placeholder Webcaster relief bill (HR.5469) with a contentious 28-page
alternative tariff at the last moment. This deeply divided the community
with a small number of 'casters, joined by consultant Kurt Hanson,
advocating the alternative tariff while many others including non-profit and
educational broadcasters voiced their strong opposition."
The measure was ultimately killed in the Senate by Senator Jesse Helms but
Pickering says she'd been trying to negotiate with the IWA on behalf of all
its representatives, says The Register.
"To my knowledge, there had not been an opportunity for the IWA legislative
committee, which includes board members, to meet with the RIAA although
members of the IWA had repeatedly asked for that opportunity," she stated.
The Register also quotes Twangcast's Mike Hays, a member of the backroom
negotiating team and privy to the RIAA's tactics, "before resigning in
disgust shortly before a final agreement was reached," as saying:
"This was not intended to be a legislative deal". Attention was still
focused on the more wide-ranging Inslee/Boucher bill, the proposed Internet
Radio Fairness Act, which proved to be too expansive for the time available
but, "The RIAA had no intention of giving anything. The judiciary staff
basically wrote the Bill [HR.5469] with the RIAA."
When the negotiating team went beyond the single digit royalty for smaller
webcasters, Hays walked away, he says, adding, "The RIAA was given its
recoupment money up front - so artists who'd had their music played on the
Internet for two, three or four years would never see a dime.
"The RIAA carved itself $18 million out of royalty money for its collection
» Nordic & British Musicians' Unions' Joint Statement on Sexism in the Music Industry
» Women Make An Impact On The 2018 MPG Awards Shortlist
» Two-Sides of Copyright Finance: Sound Royalties & Kobalt
» Career Moves: ROLI, Live Nation Sweden, Music Glue, BBR Music Group, Warner/Chappell Music Spain & Blue Night Soundscapes
» Europe's Digital Music Leaders Form Alliance
News Beat Directory
» [2017-11-21] Joint Statement By The Nordic Musicians' Unions And British Musicians' Union; Discussions On The Issue Of Gender Inequality, Sexism And Sexual Harassment, The Scale Of Which Had Been Highlighted By The Recent #metoo Campaign
» [2017-11-13] Women Make An Impact On The 2018 MPG Awards Shortlist; Nearly A Quarter Of Those Named This Year Are Female, Proving That Music Production Is No Longer A Bastion For The Boys
» [2017-11-13] The Nashville Musicians Sound Healthcare Plan Rolls Out; Sound Healthcare & Financial Announced The Formation Of A True Group Health Insurance Policy Plan For Musicians And Industry Professionals
» [2017-11-09] Streaming & Listening Diversity - Spotify Case Study; Will Artists Have An Easier Time Finding An Audience, Or Will Streaming Focus Global Attention On A Small Number Of Stars?
» [2017-11-09] Two-Sides Of Copyright Finance: Sound Royalties & Kobalt; Sound Royalties Unearths Millions In Undistributed Royalties While Kobalt Launches Fund To Invest In Music Copyright
» [2017-11-08] Career Moves: ROLI, Live Nation Sweden, Music Glue, BBR Music Group, Warner/Chappell Music Spain & Blue Night Soundscapes; ROLI Chief Creative Officer, Live Nation Sweden Managing Directors, Music Glue Global Head Of Business Development, BBR Music Group VP Of International, Warner/Chappell Music Spain Managing Director And Blue Night Director Of Music Clearance
» [2017-11-08] Europe's Digital Music Leaders Form Alliance; European Digital Music Companies Launch Of Digital Music Europe
» [2017-11-05] Pandora Subscriber Base Grows To Over 5 Million; Pandora Premium Paid Subscribers Cross The 1 Million Milestone In October 2017
» [2017-11-05] Hybrid Studios Announces Online Mastering Services; Engineers Billy Klein And Brian Frederick Spearhead New Online Mastering Effort Through OC Studio
» [2017-11-05] Music Industry Betting On VR & AR For New Revenue; The Music Industry Is Making An Early Bet On VR & AR To Create New Revenue Streams Across All Their Lines Of Business
» [2017-11-04] Sound Royalties Unearths Millions In Undistributed Royalties; Nearly $14 Million In Undistributed Royalties Has Been Found By Music-focused Finance Firm Sound Royalties
» [2017-11-02] MusicDish*China October China Label Music Releases And Charts; Several Tracks From October Releases Have Charted On Chinese Music Portal Kanjian ING Top 10 Weekly Chart
follow MusicDish on