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From: Tom ZeCat (
Subject:         pay for play
Date: November 3, 2007 at 9:35 am PST

In Reply to: Couple of things posted by Werepoodle on October 31, 2007 at 9:39 am:

No, I'm not for abolishing copyright and making all music free. That's not what I mean by abolishing pay for play.

First let me define pay for play. It's the practice of paying DJs for playing songs on the radio. Supposedly it's illegal. The truth is, it's only changed. With old-fashioned pay for play, you would cut a record and send it to the radio station with a hundred dollar bill and some cocaine to induce the DJ to play it. Otherwise you could pretty much guarantee your record would get ignored. That type of thing has been made illegal.

The way it's done now is the big record labels hire arbitrators who are supposedly independent of the label; and these arbitrators bribe the radio stations to play only music from the big labels. It puts small label and non-label music at a huge disadvantage. It's why almost all music on the airwaves is big-label music.

I'm for getting rid of the industry's stranglehold on music. If I had it my way any DJ would feel free to play any music that he thinks is good, even if it's MP3s from an unsigned band that he downloaded.

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