Performance Royalties Battle on the Hill

From Coolfer:

Opposing sides will speak tomorrow before the House Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property. The issue is H.R. 4789, the Performance Rights Act, which calls for terrestrial radio to pay performance royalties for broadcasting sound recordings. The National Association of Broadcaster has backed a non-binding resolution that calls for the exemption of not only radio stations but “any business for such public performance of sound recordings” (such as bars, retail stores and other public places).

Where you stand on the matter could depend on how much you think radio play influences music sales. I think it’s a big influence on some people. Consumers discover music in various ways — print, TV, word of mouth — but radio allows for the sort of repeated listens that encourages familiarity and, thus, purchases. But how many people use radio for discovery and not as a substitute for purchases of recorded music?

Where you stand on the matter could depend on how much you think radio play influences music sales. I think it’s a big influence on some people. Consumers discover music in various ways — print, TV, word of mouth — but radio allows for the sort of repeated listens that encourages familiarity and, thus, purchases. But how many people use radio for discovery and not as a substitute for purchases of recorded music?

Read the rest of this well done article.

 

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