All music platforms should be treated equally
How we listen to music doesn’t change the way we appreciate a song, but for some reason, our laws have different rules for different platforms.
Internet and satellite radio offer better sound, dynamic new ways to find and share music, and far deeper and more varied playlists than any other platforms. These services give us a path to share and discover new music every time we use them. They’ve innovated to keep pace with modern technology and new expectations from music fans, while other platforms have become stagnant and remain stuck in the past. In addition to being among the best options for music fans, these newer platforms pay performers for use of their music. Unfortunately, while SiriusXM does pay performers, our laws allow it to pay an unfair, below-market royalty rate for the music that it plays.
Unfortunately, while SiriusXM does pay performers, our laws allow it to pay an unfair, below-market royalty rate for the music that it plays. Worse than an unfair, below-market rate for satellite radio is that AM/FM radio is exempted entirely from paying artists.
Worse than an unfair, below-market rate for satellite radio is that AM/FM radio is exempted entirely from paying artists. A decades old sweetheart deal, struck between Congress and Big Radio, props up AM/FM radio and has protected it from market forces that would have demanded innovation and better service. Instead, terrestrial radio remains stuck in the past, inundates listeners with commercials and rarely introduces truly new music or artists to its customers.
We need to establish true platform parity that ensures music creators are compensated fairly for their work, ends the entrenched practice of government picking winners and losers in the radio business and restores the core American principle of fairness to music.
Tell your elected official to support the Fair Pay Fair Play Act (H.R. 1836) to ensure music creators are fairly compensated for their work.