Radio Royalties Bill Envisions Bold Music-Licensing Changes

Law360, New York (October 18, 2013, 6:28 PM ET) -- While it might seem that legislation introduced by Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., just before the government shutdown is a rehash of the last bid to extend a performance right to terrestrial radio, the new bill would alter the landscape of music licensing in a far more radical way.

In most countries, both traditional radio stations and digital stations like Pandora pay for recorded music and the underlying compositions, but American over-the-air stations are only legally required to pay for the compositions. Performers and record companies have...
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