Congress Changes Tune On Royalties For Radio Play

Law360, New York (December 19, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- United States congressmen on Tuesday introduced a bill that would reverse a decades-old exemption that allows terrestrial radio companies to play songs without paying record labels or artists' royalties.

Currently, webcasters, satellite radio providers and cable companies all have to compensate the recording industry and artists for use of their music, but conventional over-the-air radio stations have been exempt from royalties because they are considered a public resource.

The bill, called the Performance Rights Act, would end broadcaster exemption and provide that artists be paid for...
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