When a streaming music service such as Pandora plays a song, the RIAA gets a payment for each account that plays the song. When a radio station plays it, they get one payment and millions potentially get to listen.
Of course they hate the idea of you being able to listen to FM on your smartphone instead of streaming, less licensing $$ for them.
Legislation would be much more useful if it would instead ban the RIAA.
Next they'll want a licence fee for ethernet cabling... because you could use one to copy music.
Heck, why stop there? You can write music on paper, so why not add a music-piracy fee to paper? And pens/pencils as well!
its interesting, the RIAA seems to think that not only its owed more money than actually exists, now they seem to think playing music is pirating it, I wonder what moronic dinosaur of copyright lawsuit they'll dredge up with their greedy cash snatching hands. Probably putting ban on speakers above a certain decibel range so that unpaid customers cannot hear new music. I wouldn't be surprised if they gave unsigned iou's to beggars in the street to save change.
I have a great proposal: Radio stations should play only non-RIAA licensed music. After a couple of months let's see who will win and who will loose from this situation. I bet RIAA would come back and beg them to play their content...
So basically now RIAA is picking a fight with all fm radio stations.. Do they not see how this could turn out real bad for them. The old saying bad publicity is better then none doesn't really apply here. As it's best if most people don't know what these guys are about. But now I can see radio stations slamming these guys, and potentially even organizing their listeners to do something.
We all know the politicians are all out for themselves, and eventually it's gonna become more beneficial to them to also not back the RIAA in anything they do.
End of the day I think RIAA just shot themselves in the foot, but only time well tell.