Performance Fee Opposition Grows
July 14, 2009 at 12:21 PM (PT)
Three additional U.S. Senators have gone on record opposing the "performance fee" legislation pending before Congress. Currently, a bipartisan group of 19 U.S. Senators and 238 House lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors to the "Local Radio Freedom Act," a resolution opposing the imposition of "any new performance fee, tax, royalty or other charge" on radio for music airplay.
Senators TIM JOHNSON (SD), JOSEPH LIEBERMAN (CT) and OLYMPIA SNOWE (ME) have signed on as cosponsors to S. Con. Res. 14. Also adding support to the Local Radio Freedom Act is Rep. BILL CASSIDY (LA-6).
"In addition to serving as the recording industry's number one promotional vehicle, local radio stations provide communities across AMERICA with timely news and life-saving emergency information," said NAB EVP DENNIS WHARTON. "Lawmakers are becoming increasingly skeptical over an RIAA proposal that would jeopardize the viability of free, local radio in order to line the coffers of foreign-owned record labels."