Specter Puts Off Senate Commerce Committee Vote On Digital Music Bill
July 27, 2006 at 12:48 PM (PT)
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE Chairman ARLEN SPECTER (R-PA) has put off a vote on royalties for digital transmission of music by satellite, cable, and Internet broadcasters, reports the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
The magazine says a letter from SPECTER to Sen. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CA), who asked for a vote on the legislation last week, says that the bill, which would have the broadcasters pay "fair market value" for music, is not yet "ripe for committee consideration," with a handwritten note adding "I think it is unwise to try and move the bill unless a consensus is reached." The bill is supported by the RIAA, music publishers, and musician groups and is co-sponsored by Sens. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC) and BILL FRIST (R-TN), but is opposed by broadcasters.