Radio Performance Royalty Bill HR 848

Michael BasidenRadio Performance Royalty Bill HR 848


Introduced on 4 February 2009:

Performance Rights Act – Amends federal copyright law to:

(1) Grant performers of sound recordings equal rights to compensation from terrestrial broadcasters;
(2) establish a flat annual fee in lieu of payment of royalties for individual


In view of the fact that since the beginning the standard in American Radio was that Broadcasters did not have to pay artist performance royalties as they did pay (songwriters) royalties because they allegedly promoted the artist and was a service to the artist.  However, Internet Radio, Satellite Radio and the distribution of MP-3’s having drastically transformed the music scene.  So the United States Congress is responding with due diligence to this fundamental flaw in the industry.


Question: Is this true today, does radio broadcasters name the artist after each song these days?  I mean artist like Janet Jackson and Michael we just know them when we hear them, but how about the new artists?


Many radio stations are in opposition to the new legislation, but this legislation is designed to preserve the American way, because if the artists continue to get cheated they will cease to exist, than radio will have nothing to play of good quality.  A frontrunner in opposition is Michael Baisden of Kiss 98.7 one of the hottest shows on radio syndicated nationwide.


Maybe there might be a middle ground that has to be found, that is cost effective to both sides such as increased costs to advertise and a few pennies on the products we buy in stores to cover the costs, but the artist has to be paid for the industry to continue to produce quality music.  Maybe even a tax on blank CD’s!


As we know with the new music scene album sales are down, perhaps the production of SACD formatted albums could help some, but the fact of the matter is that most people listen to MP-3 and radio as a source of music listening pleasure.  The artist of the future will have to cater to seeking radio airplay as opposed to record sales.  A hit to the future artist will be determined by how much airplay they get, so the bill is a good bill, but the costs has to be absorbed by the consumers across the board in the form of slightly high consumer prices across the board.  That is my opinion what is yours?


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