NAB: 200+ House Members Oppose 'Performance Tax'
May 1, 2008 at 5:32 AM (PT)
The NAB's "Local Radio Freedom Act" continues to gain support in the U.S. House of Representatives, claims the organization, with nearly half of all members now signed-on as co-sponsors. The resolution, introduced in late OCTOBER by Reps. GENE GREEN (D-TX) and MIKE CONAWAY (R-TX), essentially denounces the notion of levying any fee on local radio broadcasters for music airplay. Support for the resolution now stands at 201 members, including the resolution's authors.
"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," reads House Concurrent Resolution 244.
The U.S. remains one of the few countries in the world not imposing a performance royalty on broadcasters. Major record labels support the royalty as a new source of revenue.