Lawmakers Push New Radio Royalty Bill

Law360, New York (April 13, 2015, 4:21 PM EDT) -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday introduced the latest legislative effort to force over-the-air radio stations to pay royalties to musical artists and record labels.

Authored by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., the Fair Play Fair Pay Act would make a variety of changes to the way music is licensed, most notably by creating a so-called terrestrial performance right for sound recordings.

That would fix a strange quirk of U.S. copyright law: While songwriters and publishers are paid for their compositional copyrights when songs are played by AM/FM radio stations, musical performers and record companies aren't...

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