Pelosi Urged For No Vote, Leahy Supports Performance Fee
June 4, 2009 at 12:12 PM (PT)
Despite reports YESTERDAY (6/3) that opponents of the Performers Rights Fee had lined up a majority in the House against H.R. 848, representatives from 50 independent state broadcast associations kept the pressure on by writing Speaker of the House NANCY PELOSI (D-CA) yesterday, urging her to oppose any effort to bring the bill to the House floor for a vote.
The letter reads, "The Judiciary Committee is in the process of asking the GAO to study the impact of the bill on small, religious and minority-owned stations whose existence and future growth would be devastated under H.R. 848. Moving the bill before that study has been completed, made public and is evaluated would place the cart before the horse. Please help ensure that radio remains a viable voice and that H.R. 848 is not sent to the House floor for a vote."
Meanwhile, musicFIRST Fights On
In an executive session of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chairman PATRICK LEAHY TODAY told his colleagues, committee staff and members of the public that "[w]e really need to make progress. We have many important matters awaiting us this summer. We need to address the anomaly in copyright law that will be corrected by the bipartisan Performance Rights Act."
musicFIRST thanked the Senator, saying "Music has a wonderful friend in Senator LEAHY. We are grateful for his support and his leadership. AM and FM radio stations earn billions in ad revenue every year without compensating the artists, musicians and rights holder who bring music to life and listeners ears to the radio dial. We look forward to working with Senator LEAHY, House Judiciary Committee Chairman JOHN CONYERS and our other supporters to enact a fair performance right on radio."