NAB Thanks Congressional Supporters For Opposing Performance Royalty With Ad
May 10, 2016 at 1:06 PM (PT)
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS will be running an ad in CAPITOL HILL newsletters/publications this WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY and FRIDAY, thanking the more than 250 members of the HOUSE and SENATE for co-sponsoring the LOCAL RADIO FREEDOM ACT, which opposes "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations.
The resolution, which was introduced in CONGRESS in FEBRUARY, 2015, has 230 co-sponsors in the HOUSE and 26 in the SENATE.
Reps. MICHAEL CONAWAY (R-TX) and GENE GREEN (D-TX) are the principal sponsors of the ACT in the HOUSE. Sens. JOHN BARRASSO (R-WY) and HEIDI HEITKAMP (D-ND) are the principal sponsors of the companion resolution in the SENATE.
The act reads, in part: "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,"
The legilsation is opposed by both major and independent record labels and recording artists.