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Bipartisan House Opposition To Performance Royalty Reaches 260 March 29, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Internet Radio, Music News, Online Radio, Radio, Radio Stations, RIAA, Streaming Radio.

Reps. Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL) and Tim Murphy (R-PA) have become the latest House co-sponsors of a bipartisan Congressional resolution opposing a performance tax on local radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act (H. Con. Res. 49), which opposes “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge,” is now backed by 260 House lawmakers. An identical Senate resolution is supported by a bipartisan group of 27 U.S. Senators.

The growing Congressional opposition comes as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) continues to lobby in support of legislation that would require local radio stations to pay an additional fee for every song aired free to listeners.

“Local radio broadcasters and our 239 million weekly listeners appreciate the growing Congressional opposition to RIAA’s performance tax campaign,” said NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton. “We remain cautiously optimistic that Congress will ultimately reject RIAA’s effort to enact this job-killing legislation, which would threaten the very future of a musician’s greatest promotional vehicle: free, local radio.”

“Congress should not impose any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge relating to the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station for broadcasting sound recordings over-the-air, or on any business for such public performance of sound recordings,” reads The Local Radio Freedom Act, which was unveiled at a 2009 Capitol Hill event hosted by the Free Radio Alliance. The resolution was introduced by Reps. Gene Green (TX-29) and Mike Conaway (TX-11) in the House and by Sens. Blanche Lincoln (AR) and John Barrasso (WY) in the Senate.


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