Support the Performance Rights Act

You may not have known this, but when an AM or FM station plays your favorite band’s song, the band doesn’t get paid. For decades, AM and FM broadcasters have enjoyed an exemption from current copyright law which requires satellite radio, cable radio channels, Internet webcasts, and other broadcasters to pay a royalty for the use of music. Of all the ways we listen to music, big radio is the only one that receives special treatment in this regard.

The ‘Performance Rights Act’ — introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) — would correct a loophole in the copyright law by removing the broadcaster exemption to assure that all platforms are treated equally and pay a performance royalty to artists.

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2 responses to “Support the Performance Rights Act”

  1. It seems to me that if this bill is passed, the radio stations would be less likely to play lesser known artists. If it cost the same to play new and established artists, wouldn’t if make sense to the stations to play artists that people already know and want to hear?

  2. Hey Bob

    I considered this argument but I found it too speculative. Satellite and internet radio providers don’t seem to play fewer independent artists–on the contrary–and they have been paying this royalty all along . . .


    Thanks for popping up again.

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