The Big Picture: 'Fair Play, Fair Pay' Vs. Local Radio Freedom Act

July 9, 2015Article
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In the two months since Congressmen JERROLD NADLER (D-NY) and MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN) introduced the bipartisan legislation, "The Fair Play Fair Pay Act" (NET NEWS, 4/13), the NAB revived its LOCAL RADIO FREEDOM ACT (NET NEWS, 5/21),  a resolution that has attracted 191  co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and 16 in the Senate.

In a comprehensive retrospective on the Congressional battle, ADVERTISING WEEK details the timeline of the debate and predicts an eventual outcome, which could be a compromised across-the-board royalty of some kind.  "Even many radio broadcasters have admitted behind closed doors that the NAB’s position on performance right is untenable and it’s simply a matter of time,” THE RECORDING ACADEMY Chief Industry, Government & Member Relations Officer DARYL P. FRIEDMAN said.

“If this bill does not pass, a similar bill will come up to the Hill again and again until it passes," added WILLIAM HOCHBERG, Partner at GREENBERG GLUSKER. "The NAB’s influence in WASHINGTON won’t go away anytime soon, but other music players outside of its umbrella, like SPOTIFY, GOOGLE/YOUTUBE, and APPLE RADIO, will get into the picture.

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