House Subcommittee Chairman To Go After Performance Royalties
July 31, 2007

A House subcommittee hearing was held today on the new battle for an artist performance royalty on terrestrial radio. The musicFIRST coalition's push for the performance royalty hit Washington today, with Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) vowing to begin fighting for the royalty. Berman is the chairman of the House Intellectual Property subcommmittee and told the room, "I've wanted to hold this hearing for a very long time, not only because of my constituents but because as a policy matter it is time for Congress to re-evaluate the limitations of the current performance right for sound recordings," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Berman continued, "I will come right out and indicate my bias -- I have supported the expansion of the performance right for over 20 years, with two caveats: one is that by extending this right it does not diminish the rights and revenues of the creators of musical works and second, that terrestrial broadcasters, large and small, remain a viable source of music."

The NAB has vehemently opposed the royalty, which it has labelled a "performance tax." Speaking on its behalf was Radio Board Second Vice Chair Chester Warfield Jr., President/COO of ICBC Broadcast Holdings. Warfield said, "there is no justification for changing a system that has worked for the music industry as a whole for so many years. The United States has the most prolific and successful music industry that is the envy of all the world. Upsetting the careful balance that Congress struck by imposing a performance tax on local radio broadcasters would be a shift of seismic proportions. For over 80 years, Congress has not seen fit to alter this mutually beneficial policy, and there is no reason to do so now."

Marybeth Peters, Register of Copyrights, noted that American artists do not get a royalty from European radio because there is no royalty stateside. She told the committee that it is estimated that U.S. performers and record labels lose almost $70 million a year from overseas because of the lack of a performance royalty.

According to the Reporter, Berman is expected to bring a bill proposing changes in radio royalties to the House floor by the fall, with a likely Senate bill on the way as well.




 
Breaking News
iHeartMedia Names Michael Saunders Urban Brand Coordinator & PD For KQBT/Houston
GUESS And Republic Records Join To Launch GUESS Music
August 25, 2016
CMG Orlando Names Dawn Campbell New Director Of Branding/Programming For WCFB-FM
CBS Radio Las Vegas Launches 98.5 (HD-2) Da Shaka Vegas' Island & Reggae Station
Cumulus Promotes Jessica Poxson To APD At WDRQ (NASH FM 93.1)/Detroit
iHeartMedia Names Ryan Petrosso SVP/Sales For Charlotte
FCC Commissioners Clyburn and Pai To Address 2016 Radio Show
August 24, 2016
Amber Bouchard Joins WRFF (Radio 104.5)/Philadelphia As APD
Songs of Hope XII To Honor Pharrell with Clive Davis "Legend In Songwriter Award"
Benztown Named to Inc. 5000 for 4th Consecutive Year
August 24, 2016
Matt Bosso Named APD/MD At WODS/Boston
Sterling Simms Named UMPG Director of Creative
MIW Radio Group Names Beth Neuhoff The 2016 MIW Trailblazer
In Brief - August 23, 2016
August 22, 2016
Nielsen Audio Finds Los Angeles Metro Irregularities
iHeartMedia Salisbury-Ocean City, MD Names Dave Hovel SVP/Programming
Images from the 2016 iHeartMedia Music Summit
'Wake Up Call' Radio Host Welcomes Baby Boy
August 22, 2016
Jeff Smulyan Proposes to Take Emmis Private
WRVW (107.5 The River)/Nashville To Host Rooftop Pool Party With Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas
iHeartMedia Names Ryan McKiddy APD/MD At WSIX/Nashville
August 18, 2016
iHeartMedia Elevates Michael Preacher & Dave Carwile In North East Division
Bill Kelly To Join Cumulus Media As VP/Market Manager For Youngstown
iHeartRadio Surpasses 90 Million Registered Users
Music News
Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj to Perform at MTV VMAs
Quick Hits: Drake, Usher, Florence + the Machine, Jon Bon Jovi
Quick Hits: Britney Spears, Calvin Harris, Kings Of Leon, Prince, R.E.M, Lorde
Pandora Partners With Questlove
Quick Hits: MTV VMAs / DJ Khaled / Lukas Graham, ASAP Ferg
Quick Hits: Justin Timberlake / Trolls soundtrack, Metallica, Jimmy Eat World, Big Boi & Killer Mike, Empire of the Sun
Second Frank Ocean Release Arrives Over the Weekend
Quick Hits: Billboard 200, Bridge School Benefit, Lou Pearlman, Future, 3 Doors Down, Kings of Leon
Frank Ocean Releases "Visual Album" Endless
Lars Ulrich Talks New Metallica Record
Strange Days Indeed: An Interview with Garbage’s Shirley Manson
Metallica Announce New Album Hardwired...To Self Destruct
Drake Leads Nominees For BET Hip Hop Awards
Quick Hits: Kanye West, Lil Wayne
Paul McCartney Signs Worldwide Deal With Capitol Records
FMQB NOW

          Question Of
           The Week

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!