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'''Corporate radio control threatens independent artists...'''
 
'''Corporate radio control threatens independent artists...'''
  
Good music doesn't always translate into airtime; a growing trend among radio stations is '''payola''', or ''''pay for play'''', which keeps songs from major labels playing and silences independent artists. Although it is illegal for the recording industry to directly pay radio stations the major labels have found a loophole in which they pay 3rd parties to get their music played. Just how big is this?
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Good music doesn't always translate into airtime. An old practice now resurfacing among radio stations is '''payola''', or ''''pay for play'''', which keeps songs from major labels playing and silences independent artists. Although it is illegal for the recording industry to directly pay radio stations, the major labels have found a loophole in which they pay third parties to get their music played. Just how big is this?
  
*A now-defunct division of Sony Music gave '''$400,000''' to 3rd parties one year following the song "Criminal" by Fiona Apple
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*A now-defunct division of Sony Music gave '''$400,000''' to third parties, following a year in which the song "Criminal" by Fiona Apple got nationwide airplay
*65 stations across the country are owned by Radio One, who admit they '''take millions each year''' to play certain songs
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*65 stations across the country are owned by Radio One, who openly admit they '''take millions each year''' to play certain songs
 
*The industry models requires consistent stream of music and the result is music that '''all sounds the same'''
 
*The industry models requires consistent stream of music and the result is music that '''all sounds the same'''
  
  
The record companies are making money now, so why are they going to risk paying millions to try something different that might lose them money? They won't and this is keeping '''good music''' off the air. Free Culture promotes the Creative Commons license, which allows that artists more control over their music and allows for better distribution while still giving the artists credit. In these ways we can  
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The record companies are making money now, so why are they going to risk paying millions to try something different that might lose them money? They won't, and this is keeping '''good music''' off the air. Free Culture promotes the Creative Commons license, which allows artists more control over their music, and allows for better distribution while still giving the artists credit (and allowing for fair compensation). In these ways we can:
  
 
*Stop Recording Industry lawsuits against children
 
*Stop Recording Industry lawsuits against children

Revision as of 23:20, 18 August 2004

Free Culture for Radio

Corporate radio control threatens independent artists...

Good music doesn't always translate into airtime. An old practice now resurfacing among radio stations is payola, or 'pay for play', which keeps songs from major labels playing and silences independent artists. Although it is illegal for the recording industry to directly pay radio stations, the major labels have found a loophole in which they pay third parties to get their music played. Just how big is this?

  • A now-defunct division of Sony Music gave $400,000 to third parties, following a year in which the song "Criminal" by Fiona Apple got nationwide airplay
  • 65 stations across the country are owned by Radio One, who openly admit they take millions each year to play certain songs
  • The industry models requires consistent stream of music and the result is music that all sounds the same


The record companies are making money now, so why are they going to risk paying millions to try something different that might lose them money? They won't, and this is keeping good music off the air. Free Culture promotes the Creative Commons license, which allows artists more control over their music, and allows for better distribution while still giving the artists credit (and allowing for fair compensation). In these ways we can:

  • Stop Recording Industry lawsuits against children
  • Stop the homogenization of music
  • Promote small and independent labels


This is all part of the Free Culture Movement. To find out more:

www.free-culture.cc - www.freeculture.org - www.eff.org - www.downhillbattle.org - www.creativecommons.org