Bill Would Make Radio Stations Pay Royalties To Musicians

Law360, New York (October 1, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT) -- Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., introduced legislation Monday that would require radio stations to compensate musicians to play their songs, the latest development in a decadeslong fight by artists and record labels for a "performance right" to use of their music.

Songwriters and publishers are paid when their songs are played by radio stations, but performers and record companies are not, and the Free Market Royalty Act would change that by forcing traditional radio broadcasters to pay the same set of royalties as satellite, Internet and cable...
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