Tester Joins Colleagues Against Radio Performance Royalties
May 28, 2008 at 10:32 AM (PT)
Sen. JOHN TESTER (D-MT) has thrown his support on a bipartisan resolution that recognizes the promotional value of free radio airplay. Part of the resolution reads: "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 S. Con. Res. 82.
TESTER joins Sens. BLANCHE LINCOLN (D-AR) and ROGER WICKER (R-MS), who recently added their voices to support the resolution. Similar legislation was introduced last year in the U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES by Reps. GENE GREEN (D-TX) and MIKE CONAWAY (R-TX). The HOUSE resolution has support from more than 200 lawmakers.