It's back and worse than the last time. The "Performance Tax" idea, payola in reverse, has returned to Congress's doorstep, and it is more ridiculous than ever. As if it weren't absurd enough to have radio pay to promote your music, they have added the following absurdity:
The RIAA wants a federal mandate to put FM receivers in "cell phones, PDAs, and other portable electronics."
If it was from anybody less reputable than Ars Technica, I'd think this news was an Onion-esque spoof:
The mind boggles.
Enjoy Penny Arcade's brilliant send-up here.
Check out details on the Performance Tax from the last time it reared it's ugly head here.
Here's how you can help fight the Performance Tax.