Seven House Chairs Support Performance Rights Act
March 31, 2009 at 6:33 AM (PT)
Legislation introduced in the House of Representatives -- the Performance Rights Act -- now enjoys the support of seven committee chairmen in the House of Representatives. The Performance Rights Act was introduced by Rep. JOHN CONYERS (Judiciary) and is cosponsored by Rep. HOWARD BERMAN (Foreign Relations), Rep. HENRY WAXMAN (Energy and Commerce), Rep. LOUISE SLAUGHTER (Rules), Rep. BENNIE THOMPSON (Homeland Security), Rep. EDOLPHUS TOWNS (Oversight and Government Reform) and Rep. COLLIN PETERSON (Agriculture).
"The extent of support for this bill within the leadership of Congress shows just how powerful the case is for reforming this archaic loophole in the copyright law," said MUSICFIRST COALITION Exec. Dir. JENNIFER BENDALL. "These are some of the most respected and powerful leaders in Congress and they are speaking with one voice to say that artists, musicians and labels deserve to be fairly compensated when their music is used to generate billions of dollars in revenues for corporate radio."
BENDALL pointed to further examples of momentum behind the Performance Rights Act, including growing support from the editorial pages of major national and regional newspapers like the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, LOS ANGELES TIMES, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, BUFFALO NEWS, WIRED.COM’s Epicenter blog and others that have all opined in favor of a performance right for artists, musicians and labels.
NAB To Congress: No Deal On Performance Royalty
Apparently, NAB is in no mood to compromise with the labels over an acceptable performance royalty rate. After House Telecom Subcommittee Chairman RICK BOUCHER suggested at the NAB State Leadership Conference that radio broadcasters negotiate with label execs on a new performance fees for radio airplay, NAB EVP DENNIS WHARTON nipped any such notion in the bud.
"NAB has great respect for Chairman BOUCHER, but we would submit that the real negotiation should take place between the record labels and recording artists,' WHARTON said in a statement. "After the record labels have renegotiated all the abusive deals they have forced on artists, they should come see us."
The press release of WHARTON's response also contained quotes from a bevy of artists who profusely thanking radio for helping create their success, as well as similar comments from label executives such as SONY BMG EVP BUTCH WAUGH, RCA EVP/Promotion RICHARD PALMESE, IDJMG SVP/Promotion KEN LANE and WARNER BROS. RECORDS SVP/Promotion TOM BIERY.