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Every Music CDR since the AHRA was enacted has a hidden tax built into the price! (2% of the manufacturers sales) This is supposedly to pay the artists for home recording. Who Collects the Tax? The RIAA under the auspices of the AARC. Who shares office space with the RIAA and has many of the RIAA employees working for it. I haven't been able to find one artist that was paid a cent of the money. 4% is set aside for non-featured artists, of the remainder 40% for the featured artist and 60% for the labels. To date I have not found one artist who has received one cent of this money. (Source: RIAA website) In addition every CD recorder has a $2.00 surcharge built into the price that goes directly to the RIAA
Originally posted by Flyer
I havent bought a CD in 5+ years after they got to £18 ($30) in price. Their continued actions make sure I will never buy one again.
Originally posted by Spain
The RIAA is the most stupid association I've ever know, first when the cd came out the pretext was that the technology was expensive
Originally posted by E_T
Here in Finland all CD-R discs have tax which is about 20% of their price. (but one point to EU from this, from now on I'm buying CD-Rs from Estonia)
They would like to add these taxes to HDs and to anything that can storage data.
Originally posted by slick
yeah the RIAA is totally despicable. Prices of music cds are unbelievably high, and when companies such as cd-wow import the music cheaply in the UK, they got lawsuits filed against them. Music CDs need to drop their prices drastically or face dieing out. Artists won't suffer *that* much because people will still flock to see them live, where the big bucks are.
Originally posted by Teknik
The cost of CD's in Indonesia is around $3 USD
for popular artists. But they are becoming rare, as DVD's and MP3 collections become more popular.A cd of MP3's only costs about $2.50,
and there is so much more music for the buck!