Wednesday, May 09, 2007

RIAA et al Seeks Royalties From Terrestrial Radio (Now That They Can't Do Payola)

Labels, Artists Move For Terrestrial Performance Right
May 08, 2007 - Legal and Management, www.billboard.com

Record label and artist groups are gearing up to lobby Congress for a performing right over terrestrial radio. Sources say that the groups now laying the groundwork for the push are the RIAA, the American Assn. of Independent Music (A2IM), the Recording Artists Coalition (RAC), the Recording Academy, musicians' and vocalists' unions AFM and AFTRA, and sound recording performance rights organization SoundExchange.Currently, owners of most types of copyrighted works have an exclusive public performance right. Music publishers and songwriters have this right, receiving royalties for their compositions broadcast over-the-air (e.g., terrestrial radio) and streamed digitally. Broadcasters license these rights from, and pay these royalties to, ASCAP, BMI or SESAC.In most countries outside the U.S., sound recording copyright owners and performers hold performance rights for terrestrial (i.e., analog) broadcasts and digital transmissions. But U.S. law only grants copyright owners and performers a performance right for digital transmissions. As a result, only satellite, cable and Internet radio must pay performance royalties to publishers as well as sound recording owners, musicians and vocalists in the U.S....read more: here

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