I went browsing over the Internet looking for a good article addressing the “Performance Rights Act“. I ended up in futureofmusic.org reading a blog post by Olivia Brown titled “Guess Who’s behind the Local Freedom Act“? This article is mainly on the “Local Radio Freedom Act” which is a bill that opposes the “Performance Rights Act”.
The author’s position on the “ Performance Rights Act ” is definitively on a defensive side of the bill. The article discusses how the “Local Radio Freedom Act” was created to counter the “ Performance Rights Act “. The author explains how the “Local Radio Freedom Act” is designed to oppose a performance right for US Terrestrial, AM/FM radio. The goal is for broadcasters to remain exempted from paying recording artists and labels when their work is used over the air as opposed to just paying songwriters and publishers.
The goal of the Performance Rights Act is to expand the protection for public performances of copyrighted sound recordings. This bill has the potential of fixing the gap in copyright law when it comes to performance rights. Radio stations claim this bill will harm their business but the reality is that is time to pay artists for their work. Radio stations have benefited from sound recording for a long time and got away with not paying artists. It’s a fact that because USA Radio Stations don’t pay artists for using their work, not even international artists, us artist get penalized overseas. As a result of USA not paying international artists, USA artists don’t get paid overseas. Its time to set the score straight and make radio stations play fair and pay up, thanks for reading!
Laurentino Nieves Cruz
Brown, O. (n.d.). Future of Music Coalition. Guess Who’s Behind the “Local Radio Freedom Act”?. Retrieved September 10, 2014, from http://futureofmusic.org/blog/2013/04/12/guess-whos-behind-local-radio-freedom-act
H.R.4789 – Performance Rights Act, a bill on OpenCongress. (n.d.). OpenCongress. Retrieved September 10, 2014, from http://www.opencongress.org/bill/hr4789-110/show
It’s Time To Pay Artists And Labels at FM Radio – American Songwriter. (n.d.). American Songwriter. Retrieved September 10, 2014, from http://www.americansongwriter.com/2013/10/songwriter-u-time-pay-artists-labels-fm-radio/
S.379 – Performance Rights Act, a bill on OpenCongress. (n.d.). OpenCongress. Retrieved September 10, 2014, from http://www.opencongress.org/bill/s379-111/show
S.Con.Res.6 – A concurrent resolution supporting the Local Radio Freedom Act., a bill on OpenCongress. (n.d.). OpenCongress. Retrieved September 10, 2014, from http://www.opencongress.org/bill/sconres6-113/show