Internet Radio and Pay for Play

Great post by Doug Perlson on Payola and Internet Radio at Silicon Alley Insider.  The question is how will Internet Radio survive given the egregious music performance fees levied by the Copyright Royalty Board.  Other than disclosing that compensation was received for playing certain songs, I think its a great idea. 

I am still baffled that the struggling music industry does not try to embrace Internet Radio rather than strangle it. All one has to do is note the successes for Independent artists on MySpace, YouTube and other online outlets to see the enormous opportunities for musicians online. The only question is whether the record companies will be embracing this opportunity offensively or defensively.