Radio Play Royalties Bill Clears House Subcommittee

Law360, New York (June 26, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee has passed a controversial bill reversing a decades-old exemption that spared local radio stations from paying royalties to performers.

The Performance Rights Act, which has faced fierce opposition by the National Broadcasters Association, was approved by the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on courts, the Internet and intellectual property in a vote on Thursday.

The act, which amends federal copyright law to require broadcasters to compensate artists and record labels, will now go to the full committee for a vote....
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