NAACP Takes A Stand Against The Proposed Internet Radio Fairness Act
November 9, 2012 at 3:54 AM (PT)
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE (NAACP) has sent a letter to members of the House subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet, and taken a strong stand against the Internet Radio Fairness Act.
NAACP Dir./Washington Bureau and SVP/Advocacy & Policy HILARY O. SHELTON wrote that the legislation "would unfairly deprive artists and performers of fair pay for their hard work. This would start a race to the bottom in performer's compensation, violating the founding principle of America's labor movement. A fair day's work deserves a fair day's pay."
He continued, "Many of the performers who would be affected by this lower compensation rate are the now elderly singers and musicians from the MOTOWN era who received little pay for their original work and are dependent on this modest performance royalty that would be eviscerated under IFRA."