Senate Bill Reintroduced To Level Playing Field For Satellite, Internet Radio
January 11, 2007 at 2:10 PM (PT)
Sen. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CA) has reintroduced legislation that would ensure satellite services play by the same rules as Internet music services, both in rate-setting and content-protection standards. The bill -- similar to last year's PERFORM Act of 2006 (NET NEWS 4/26/06) -- is also sponsored by Sens. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC), JOSEPH BIDEN (D-DE) and LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN).
"This early play by Sen. FEINSTEIN and her colleagues should leave no doubt that policymakers continue to view parity among digital music services as a top priority," said RIAA Chairman/CEO MITCH BAINWOL. "And a top priority it should be. Under the current system, satellite radio has been allowed to morph into a digital distribution service -- shorting the creators of music, displacing licensed sales and threatening the integrity of the digital music marketplace in the process. We love satellite radio. But this is simply no way to do business. It's in everyone’s best interest to ensure a marketplace where fair competition can thrive."