c3 Applauds Reintroduction of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, Calls On Congress To Pass Legislation
March 30, 2017 Melvin Gibbs, President of the Content Creators Coalition (c3), and Jeffrey Boxer, Executive Director/General Counsel of c3, released the following statement on the reintroduction of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act in the 115th Congress:
“For decades, artists have been forced to let their music generate billions of dollars of advertising profit to the corporate investors of radio companies while not being paid one cent for their art. It is past time for Congress to right this wrong.
“The Content Creators Coalition (c3) applauds Representatives Jerry Nadler, Marsha Blackburn, John Conyers, Darrell Issa, Ted Deutch, and Tom Rooney for standing up against this injustice with the reintroduction of the Fair Play, Fair Pay Act.
“This bill sets the stage for the AM/FM performance right to be included in any copyright licensing reform. Big corporate radio’s hollow arguments and Potemkin resolutions have worn thin – and failed to stem the tide of progress.
“After dozens of hearings and Chairman Goodlatte’s rigorous multi-year copyright review process, it is time for Congress to act. We are heartened that Chairman Goodlatte is preparing to cement his legacy by moving forward with legislation creating an AM/FM performance right. We also are hopeful that this legislation will reform the DMCA to restore the balance Congress had intended.
“We are at a decisive moment for music creators and c3’s grassroots army of musicians and fans stands ready to mobilize in support of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act and other reforms to ensure the next generation of artists don’t disappear.”
c3 artists have been leading the fight for the Fair Play Fair Pay Act. c3 artists including Rosanne Cash joined Reps. Nadler and Blackburn in launching the bill in 2015. And after endorsing the Fair Play Fair Pay Act in an Op-Ed published in The Washington Post, legendary artist and producer T Bone Burnett rallied artists and Members of Congress in support of the legislation during the Fair Play Fair Pay Day on Capitol Hill in 2016.