Congressman Darrel Issa (R-CA) has once again introduced performance royalty legislation that would require radio stations to pay fees to the record labels to play their songs. In response, the NAB issued the following statement:
“NAB has significant concerns with this legislation that would upend the music licensing framework that currently enables broadcasters to serve local communities across the country and would result in less music being played on the radio to the detriment of listeners and artists. NAB thanks the almost 200 Members of Congress who support the Local Radio Freedom Act and recognize the tremendous benefits of free, promotional airplay for musicians and labels.”
In Michigan, Congressmen Fred Upton (R-6), Tim Walberg (R-7), Paul Mitchell (R-10) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-12) cosponsored the Local Radio Freedom Act.
MAB Washington Counsel David Oxenford discusses both, this most recent royalty bill and an older proposal, here.