Major Label Lobbying vs. Google Lobbying, 2012…

The difference isn’t as big as you might expect.  Here’s a breakdown of what every major label, the RIAA, and Google spent on lobbying this year, based on federally-mandated disclosures.

Companies are required to disclose this information by law.  All data pulled from the US House of Representatives lobbying disclosure page, here.  Q4 funds are estimated.

And, our complete breakdown of various labels and Google disclosures, here (it dates back to 2006).

 

20 Responses

  1. Visitor
    Visitor

    You can add about 10x to the Google pile.

    All of their ‘think tank’ offsprings and ‘consumer groups’ they fund personally and institutionally.

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  2. Visitor
    Visitor

    Look at the market capitalization of Google (and other tech companies) compared to the major labels, and it will make more sense. Google is like an order of magintude larger than all the majors combined.
    The music industry still spends far more money per capita on lobbying than technology industry does.

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    • Visitor
      Visitor

      “The music industry still spends far more money per capita on lobbying than technology industry does”
      Oops, you forgot the documentation.
      Plus — what’s way more important — Google & the Pirate Industry spams the Internet with anti-artist propaganda 24/7.

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      • Casey
        Casey

        How shallow minded we are.

        Google is a massive company, spending lots of money on lobbying in relation to software and hardware patents and ISP regulations. They have a lot more to do than just fight copyright rules. Microsoft, Apple, and Oracle are far bigger opponents than the RIAA or some copyright holder. And ISPs threatening net neutrality and low caps with low speeds threaten Google’s existence.

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        • Visitor
          Visitor

          Google […] have a lot more to do than just fight copyright rules. Microsoft, Apple, and Oracle are far bigger opponents than the RIAA or some copyright holder.
          Nothing is more important to Google than their War on Art.
          If they lose that war, they lose it all.
          And they know it.

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          • Visitor
            Visitor

            The Google exists only to Destroy Art. It is written that the Google and their wicked army of Freehadists shall fall on the gallows and the Glorious Artist shall rule for a Thousand Year Kingdom. Banners of True Art are already being erected in all the World’s Major Cities. Casey, don’t be on the wrong side of history.

  3. ya
    ya

    true professional art stands the test of time, shitty fads come and go. if you don’t treat artists right, someone else will and also take your market share you built by exploiting artists in the first place.

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    • lifer
      lifer

      Sorry, Ya but the BS monitor is screaming your name.
      “True professional art” is BS for “commercial pop art.”
      Every artistic movement is derided as a “shitty fad” from Fritz Kreisler, to Rock & Roll, to Rap/Hip Hop to Ramones’ “roll-less rock.”

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      • CaseyFMC
        CaseyFMC

        Sometimes when I read these DMN threads I think that I said something I have no recollection of, then I realize that it’s a different Casey. Who’da thunk there could be two on the same comments of a music biz site?
        I do agree with the other Casey that Google ‘s lobbying is a lot broader than IP. Also, I’d suggest that pre-SOPA numbers would look a bit different, but I don’t have a handy chart. One thing is for sure: the entertainment lobby was there first. I’d like to see what this breakdown would look like with the major studios and MPAA factored in.
        Just for the sake of argument.

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