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05/23/07
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(Idolator.com) Yesterday, the LA Times ran an article on the RIAA's efforts to collect royalties from broadcast radio stations, who have, since radio's inception, not paid artists and labels after playing their songs. The argument for letting radio off the hook for these royalties revolved around the idea of radio stations offering free promotion for singles and albums, thus spurring sales and getting money into artists' pockets. Now, though, with sales in the tank, the RIAA is looking to establish a royalty structure for over-the-air broadcasters, and legislators like California representative Howard L. Berman are on the organization's side.

The weird thing about all this? It was probably unintentional, but the Times piece curiously echoed a 2002 piece from the satirical newspaper The Onion titled "RIAA Sues Radio Stations For Giving Away Free Music." After the jump, we pair three sets of quotes from each article, and invite you to sniff out which quote is from yesterday's story, and which was culled from the prescient parody. It's actually a little harder than you might think! [see full story for more] - Click here for the Full Story

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