NAB Asks Senators To Consider Reformation Of PERFORM Act
July 21, 2006 at 3:19 PM (PT)
NAB Pres. and CEO DAVID REHR has sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman ARLEN SPECTER and Ranking Member PATRICK LEAHY regarding the importance of Internet streaming to terrestrial radio and the need for streaming reforms in Congress. The letter requests that, before voting on passage of S. 2644, the Platform Equality and Remedies for Rights Holders in Music (PERFORM) Act of 2006, the senators consider the reformation of that bill's Section 114, which in its current form, REHR believes, will hinder terrestrial broadcasters from "participat(ing) meaningfully in the Internet Age."
Specifically, REHR's letter asks for the following reforms before the bill goes before Congress:
(1) the sound recording performance fee for Internet streaming, including the amount of the fee, and the fact that it is imposed on broadcasters for listeners who are within the broadcaster’s local service area;
(2) the standard by which that fee is determined;
(3) the conditions under which the necessary statutory licenses are available;
(4) the law governing the making of copies used solely to facilitate lawful performances; and
(5) the threat of difficult and unnecessary reporting and record keeping requirements.
To view the letter in its entirety, click here.