NAB Shoots Holes In RIAA Global Use Of Performance Royalty
March 9, 2009 at 4:26 PM (PT)
The NAB cited a just-released study that disputes The RIAA's advocacy of the performance royalty for terrestrial radio. The study pointed out the RIAA's "incomplete and therefore misleading comparison of U.S. and international copyright law." At the same time, the NAB has now rounded up 144 HOUSE lawmakers to oppose the performance royalty..
"The record labels have devised a lobbying strategy that relies on cherry-picking international examples that paint a distorted picture of copyright law," NAB EVP DENNIS WHARTON said. "The U.S. protects sound recordings for 45 years longer than CANADA and many countries in EUROPE and elsewhere; if it's 'international parity' that RIAA is looking for, they ought to examine the entire landscape."
Among the foreign regulations cited in the new analysis:
* Other countries provide less copyright protection for sound recordings. Under U.S. copyright law, a sound recording is generally protected for 95 years. Canada and many countries in Europe and Asia provide only 50 years of protection.
* Other countries' broadcasting systems are or were government-subsidized. While the U.S. broadcasting business was built by private commercial entrepreneurs, broadcasting systems in many other countries were built and owned, or heavily subsidized, by the government and by tax dollars.
* Cultural playlist quotas are imposed on broadcasters abroad. Diversity on U.S. airwaves comes from the high quantity of stations and market-driven differences in programming, not from government-mandated quotas, as it does in other countries. In CANADA, private radio stations must ensure that 35% of all popular music aired each week is Canadian. Similar provisions exist in countries such as MEXICO, FRANCE and POLAND.