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I caught wind of an interesting story in the recording industry from a new site called [Link Removed] House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement regarding artists' rights to collect royalties from songs played on the radio. This echoed earlier declarations by the Obama administration demonstrating support for musicians and performers.

"Okay," I thought as I read along, "This is all good stuff...great, even!" But then I remembered that before I get too over-the-moon about what Politican X said this month, I like to dig a little deeper and discover what's really going on...and what's just a bunch of bull!

Apparently, in conjunction with this spirit of alliance was an interesting quote from Pelosi:

"There has to be a fair way to deal with this, because many of these performers are women, are minorities, are people coming into it. The ones who need this the most are not the most successful and wealthy among them, they are the people starting out in it."  

Hmm now THAT  is a little strange! Funny how suddenly musicians are divided into two different subgroups: the hobos and the fat cats. While all of the so-called blue blooded musicians are doing fine and don't deserve any performance royalties, women, minorities, and other untouchables should be entitled a standard amount. Does that really make any sense?

If Pelosi wants to support the Performing Rights Act and the Obama administration's advocacy of it, then more power to her! Musicians always need more kudos. But what's the point of christening a certain type of musician more deserving of royalties than another? Isn't being a musician and working hard good enough – and reason enough to dole out a percentage of the profits? If you ask me, the idea of ANY musician being robbed of commissions is just completely disingenuous. Or am I being too picky?  I hope that you will continue to read my blog, [Link Removed] & I look forward to hearing what you have to say.


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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Aug 10, 2010
    • This doesn’t pass the smell test to me, either. And, just who gets to decide who’s worthy of the royalties and who isn’t. Another committee? Maybe a music Czar?



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      Dilara Sultan wrote Aug 10, 2010
    • yes, i agree with both of you -- and I wonder if some of these artists will look beyond political hype & see a bit below the surface as to what the substance is.



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      Tamra wrote Aug 10, 2010
    • It’s the “redistribution of wealth” concept at play once again.



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      Dilara Sultan wrote Aug 11, 2010
    • Not exactly Bernadette68, she is referring to making sure that those that “need it most” will get their, not necessarily those that are due.  If you make “enough $” then don’t count on getting paid what you worked for.

      We shall see, I suppose.  There are a lot of things that our govt. has planned or is trying to get done.  Not sure where artists will fall into the grand scheme.

      Thanks for reading and sharing!!



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      Dilara Sultan wrote Aug 11, 2010
    • Thanks for your question... but what this refers to is royalties, not grants, subsidies or handouts from the govmt.

      It has to do with “intellectual property.”

      For example:
      If you brother drew a picture or painted one, he created it.  If Aerosmith saw it and thought - Wow, that would make a great album cover... let’s use it.

      Well, they would have to work out a deal to use the art your brother created.  If they just used the image, they just stole form your brother.

      Maybe that's not a good example.  However I think you see that the issue of royalties is *not* a governemt program , however it is an issue of law that the government must assist in.

      the problem of musicians rights has become a more and more difficult problem, and our technology has a lot to do with it.

      Bottom line is this:  when you buy a song - a portion of what you pay goes to the artist, the composer, etc.  That payment is a royalty.  It is not $ from the government, it is a set amount of $ that an artist is due.  Further, if another musician wishes to record and sell their own version of a song (Lady GaGa wants to record madonna’s Like A Virgin, for example)  She cannot simply go and do it and keep all the $$... she is not the artist that origionally wrote the composition.

      I hope that I have clarified what the issue is in this article.  It’s not government handouts or subsidies.  It’s the government leadership acknowledging that current lawbreakers (including people that share music files with other people) is creating a BIG problem for music industry.

      However, rather than uphold that law—Pelosi indicates that she wants to make sure that only the artists that really need the $ will get it.

      translation: If you are successful, then maybe you don’t need to earn what is rightfully yours.  Let’s give it to someone that Nancy decides is more worthy of it... perhaps a female that writes terrible music?



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      Tamra wrote Aug 11, 2010
    • “Let’s give it to someone that Nancy decides is more worthy of it.”  

      I.e., redistribution of wealth.

      I don’t understand how this is going to help the up and coming musicians. Royalties for radio play time.  Typically, only the most popular songs get the play time.  And the richest musicians are the ones typically getting play time. So how does this really help up and coming musicians?

      I see it as merely Nancy’s attempt to schmooze the liberal base.  The current administration is taking a lot of heat for ignoring things it promised the left it would do.  Imho, this is a feeble attempt to secure votes for Democrats.



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      Dilara Sultan wrote Aug 11, 2010
    • 10-4 I got ‘cha.

      Thanks Annie & thanks to you too Tamra!



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      Dilara Sultan wrote Aug 11, 2010
    • I think i have a whole bunch of new BFFs!!!!  ;)



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