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Government Demanded Terrestrial Radio Pay Royalties

Government Demanded Terrestrial Radio Pay Royalties

Added: Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
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White House believes that it puts the country’s rights holders at a disadvantage. Meanwhile, the National Association of Broadcasters considers it an “onerous, jobs-killing fee”.

Recently the White House had submitted recommendations to Congress to help protect the US workers and businesses. Among the items proposed there was a recommendation to end the long-lasting exemption of the radio from the obligation to pay performance royalties. The reason given was that the Obama Administration considers this harms local copyright owners internationally, since the absence of performance royalties inside the home country goes further to prevent them from collecting royalties overseas. US rights holders can’t collect overseas fees just because they aren’t granted rights in the United States.

Historically, radio has only had to pay royalties to songwriters, while webcasters still have to pay fees to everyone – songwriters, performers and record labels. It has been considered that radio is exempted from the rest of the royalties in the name of musician promotion. In fact, ending this exemption has been a goal of the industry for a while, particularly in the face of decreasing profits. However, the suggestion has languished thanks to the extreme opposition of radio broadcasters.

In respond, the National Association of Broadcasters called the suggestion an “onerous, jobs-killing fee” and demanded the government some trade-offs, including radio-activated chips in mobile phones. In the meantime, NAB commented that this was hardly a new policy position from the government and announced their opposition to the new law. The representatives of the National Association of Broadcasters cite many musicians appreciating the positive effects of free radio promotion. However, referring to what people said over a decade ago is not the best idea, as everyone understands that music has come a long way since then. Today the Internet represents the new medium users turn to when they are looking for new music. So, it seems like the royalty exemption should have ended a long time ago. For many people it would be nice to realize that the White House is about to bring parity to the music broadcaster landscape, demanding that terrestrial radio pay the same royalties as webcasters and satellite radio.

April 13th,2011

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Date:  Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2011-04-14 00:49:09)
menahunie avatarReally disturbing. Say a performer's song is played on the radio. Now the radio stations have to pay the performer to play their own songs.
Okay I can live with that say I am a radio station. Then I will charge this performer money to play their songs on my radio station..
I can see it now; only people performers with allot of money will be able to pay hundreds of thousands of radio stations to play their songs; and yet the performer then charges the radios stations a performance fee to play their own songs.. Are you yet confused?
I can now see the RIAA screaming about the possible huge increase of piracy. It will happen; but then it now might weed out all the crap they try to sell to us as art..

posted by (2011-04-14 12:05:00)
No avatari agree with you.. 100 percent

posted by Blocked (2011-04-15 14:02:16)
No avatarhmmmmmmm

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-04-17 01:32:14)
fusseltier avatarit just gets more ridiculous.
why doesnt anyone fight about our jobs being sent to china and india?
plus the national security threat of having all our jobs and manufacturing sent out of the country.
our jobs, manufacturing, and everything the greedy managers of these greedy corporations are making profit and bonuses for giving our jobs and livelihood away to other countries that have enough people to have their own economy and not infringe on ours.
who cares about the mpaa and their greed, just stop buying music and stop going to the theatre to watch their garbage. then they will blame something else instead of themselves for causing the problems.

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