Music Modernization Act: NMPA President Calls Sirius XM 'So Pathetic'

Music Modernization Act: NMPA President Calls Sirius XM 'So Pathetic'

As the Music Modernization Act (MMA) amasses greater Senatorial support, Sirius XM Radio remains a threatening opponent.

At last count, the Music Modernization Act enjoyed overwhelming support from U.S. Senators.  Ahead of the weekend, attorney Dina LaPolt, an architect of the bill, pointed to 70 co-sponsors.  Earlier updates suggested 69, either of which is more than enough to pass the bill in the upper chamber.

Earlier, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the bill, 415-0.  And for those outside of the U.S., the Senate only has 100 members (two for each U.S. state) — meaning a serious majority already exists.

So who cares if Sirius XM Radio is making such a stink about this bill?

Major music publishers, that’s who.  Over the past week, National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) president David Israelite has started a war of words against Sirius XM Radio, whose opposition appears to be a serious threat.

On a laid back Labor Day (September 3rd), Israelite blasted Sirius XM for being ‘hypocrites’ and ‘so pathetic’.  The salty tweet followed a Sirius XM Radio plug of its ‘VOLUME’ channel, which features interviews with artists and songwriters.

“I love having these conversations about songwriting and collaborating with some of my closest friends,” show host Shane McAnally tweeted out.  “Y’all can check out all the episodes tomorrow… Labor Day marathon of Songville!”

Israelite was in no mood to chit-chat about the songwriting process.

Music Modernization Act: NMPA President Calls Sirius XM 'So Pathetic'

Earlier, the trolling Israelite went on a Twitter tirade against Sirius XM CEO Jim Meyer, calling his arguments ‘pure bullshit,’ ‘patronizing,’ and ‘disingenuous’ while vaguely threatening repercussions against the satellite radio giant.  In a lengthy Billboard op-ed, Meyer promised to fight the Music Modernization Act, specifically because it fails to address serious royalty exemptions for traditional radio.