Don’t forget to file your comments with Dept of Justice today!
The DOJ is reviewing the WWII era consent decrees that force songwriters under federal court supervision for supposed anti-competitive practices. Yes the awesome power of the federal government is being used to protect multi-billion dollar companies like Clear Channel, Sirius, Pandora, YouTube/Google, Amazon and Spotify from hippy freak songwriters. Considering that many of these companies are effective monopolies it’s a stunning abuse of federal power on behalf of a few politically connected corporations.
The consent decree forces songwriters to allow these services to use our songs while a single appointed for life judge (song czar) sets our rate of compensation. You may remember that I posted that my million spins on Pandora earned me less than $17? I can’t even opt out of this service, how is that even fair? That’s how this kind of outrage occurs. This amounts to an government mandated subsidy from songwriters to some…
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