Performance Rights Act Gets A House Hearing
June 6, 2008 at 7:27 AM (PT)
The House Judiciary Committee has set a hearing by a subcommittee to examine the Performance Rights Act, which was introduced late last year (NET NEWS 12/19/2007) by Representatives HOWARD BERMAN (D-CA) and DARRELL ISSA (R-CA). The hearing is scheduled for next WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11th at 2p.
There is also a Senate bill, sponsored by Senators PATRICK LEAHY (D-VT) and ORRIN HATCH (R-UT) -- and both bills would require broadcasters to pay performance royalties to music copyright owners.
The NAB continues to oppose any royalty fee, and call it a "performance tax on local radio."
Artists Will Testify
NANCY SINATRA, singer and daughter of FRANK SINATRA, will testify on behalf of the MUSICFIRST COALITION at the hearing. She will be joined in WASHINGTON by dozens of artists and musicians including DAN NAVARRO, KRISTINE W, SUGARHILL GANG and WHODINI to urge support for legislation to create a performance right on radio.