Sony Corp.'s two American subsidiaries, Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Electronics Inc., together spent $570,000 lobbying the U.S. government on issues ranging from online piracy to a national broadband plan during the fourth quarter of 2009.
That was more than 10 percent more than the $510,000 the companies spent a year earlier but the same as what they spent in the third quarter, according to filings Sony made in January.
Sony Music spent $420,000 on issues including a proposed royalty radio stations would have to pay performers for airing their music. Currently, only songwriters and their publishers receive royalties from traditional radio stations. The change could bring record labels and artists hundreds of millions of dollars per year.
Sony Electronics spent $150,000 on such issues as the switch to digital broadcast TV and the plan to expand broadband Internet access proposed by the Federal Communications Commission.
From October through December, Sony lobbied Congress, the FCC, the Executive Office of the President and other bodies.
Joel Wiginton, a former special assistant to President Bill Clinton on legislative affairs, is among those registered to lobby for Sony.