Hmm this is no suprise to those who understand the global lust for cash,who is next in the sights of these culture vultures.http://business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,9070-1722997,00.html
Music companies are lobbying US legislators to force radio stations in America to begin paying for the music they play over the airwaves.
The companies believe that they would earn an extra $500 million (£281 million) a year.
The global music industry body, IFPI, criticises laws that do not require US radio stations to make payments for the music they broadcast — known as performance rights fees — as “a major shortcoming” and “contrary to international standards”.
The organisation, through its US affiliate, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), has started to lobby lawmakers in Washington to change the rules to force broadcasters to pay for music.
Britain is the largest market for the payment of performance rights, which requires companies to pay whenever music is broadcast on radio or television or performed for commercial purposes. Record companies received $93.5 million for performances rights in the UK last year, compared with only $9.1 million in America.
I must say I was actually suprised the UK pays 10 times the amount the US does and that shows the sorts of tricks they have been playing away from home, overcharging certain countries while whining at home that they are being ripped off so stronger laws are needed, talk about two faced. :roll: