|Brendan Spaar GA Music Blog||
If you didn't already know, corporations lobby Congress to pass laws that benefit them. There is real money involved in courting legislators and it has never been more aparant as in the case of the Internet Radio Fairness Act. Internet radio companies such as Pandora have lobbied Congress to draft legislation which would reduce the royalties paid to musicians each time their song is played online. The country has enough problems on its hand and instead of tackling the real issues, Congress is earning its fat cat reputation by putting this Act to a vote. The opposition includes some rather large names such as Katy Perry, Sheryl Crow, Rihanna, Pink Floyd, Blondie, Bill Joel, Amy Grant, Megadeth, CeeLo Green, Ted Nugent and the Dead Kennedys. Brendan Spaar does not believe that the government should regulate the amount of money a website pays to the artist. This should be negotiated between the artist's label and the website. If a compromise cannot be reached then pull the artist from the website. It's as simple as that.