As MTP readers will know, Sirius XM is in the middle of a land grab, what one might call reverse “payola”–Sirius wants to gut SoundExchange and subvert artist rights by a not so implied threat of no airplay if independent artists or independent labels don’t give them a direct deal. Meaning that the artist’s share of webcasting royalties won’t be paid to the artist but instead to the label and at that it will be paid at a lower rate.
Now we don’t know but can guess what the connection is between Sirius and Google. So it comes as no surprise that a search for “soundexchange” on Google buries SoundExchange.com down about 5 or 6 pages of results.
As Senator Mike Lee told Eric Schmidt at the recent hearing of the Senate antitrust subcommittee, they’re cooking the books.