Talk Of New Radio Royalty Bill Sparks Outrage, Applause

Law360, New York (July 26, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT) -- Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., said Thursday he planned to reintroduce legislation that would require stations to pay royalties to musicians for over-the-air broadcasts, predictably drawing scathing comments from the radio industry and high praise from the recording industry and performers.

Watt, who supported a similar bill that failed in 2009, told a subcommitee hearing that he would circulate legislation to recognize a so-called performance right for music played over the radio. Stations currently pay royalties to songwriters and music publishers, but aren't required to do the...
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