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Taxes and Tunes: Which Way To Go?

(Originally published September 16, 2014 in

Some people say the future of music is more access. Spotify, Pandora, and other digital service providers should be able to offer all songs as inexpensively as possible, even free to consumers in some cases. Others say the future of music is dependent on more control. Music owners should have the right to make their songs available when and where they choose, and at a rate determined by the owner, including the right to say “no”. These appear to be two diametrically opposing directions. Which way is the best? Which direction will increase the overall music revenue marketplace?

To explore, let’s take a look at what we know about taxes and tunes.

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