Rep. Nadler (NY-10) Set to Introduce Congressional Bill
That Calls for Artists' Pay for Radio Airplay
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) delivers courageous opening statement at Congressional hearing and announces coming legislation that would ensure artists would be paid for all forms of radio airplay:
"Consumers don’t know that the button they push on their car dashboard or smartphone arbitrarily determines how much artists and songwriters will be paid, assuming they will be paid at all. We can create a better system for radio competitors, for artists and songwriters, and for fans, all of whom depend on a vital healthy market for music and music services.
"With colleagues on both sides of the aisle, I am developing legislation to address the various problems in existing law in one unified bill…bringing fairness and efficiency to our music licensing system, and ensuring that no particular business enjoys a special advantage against new and innovative technologies."
Congressman Nadler continued, speaking to the specific concerns of the #IRespectMusic movement:
“Of course, one of the most glaring inconsistencies and injustice is that our performing artists, background musicians and others rights holders of sound recordings receive absolutely no compensation when their music is played over-the-air on terrestrial – meaning AM/FM – radio. Congress required payment when sound recordings are transmitted digitally in 1995. But we have yet to extend this basic protection to artists when their songs are played on AM/FM radio.
“This is incredibly unjust. The bottom line is that terrestrial radio profits from the intellectual property of recording artists for free. I’m aware of no other instance in the United States where this is allowed, and it needs to be remedied. We are on a short list of countries that includes Iran, North Korea and China that do not pay performing artists when their songs are played on the radio. And when American artists’ songs are played in Europe, or any other place that provides a sound recording right, these countries withhold performance royalties from American artists since we refuse to pay theirs."
To read the full text of Congressman Nadler’s opening statement, click: HERE