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  • Latest Action: Oct 15, 2009 Committee on the Judiciary. Ordered to be reported with an amendment favorably.

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    • On March 25, 2010, by SamanthaK - Local rdio stations should not have to pay to play sound recordings. It would be alot different if the performers were actually performing live on the radio, but they are not. Therefore local radio stations should not have to pay royalties to play sound recordings.

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      As noted by SamanthaK, a user on OpenCongress.org, on March 25, 2010, "Local rdio stations should not have to pay to play sound recordings. It would be alot different if the performers were actually performing live on the radio, but they are not. Therefore local radio stations should not have to pay royalties to play sound recordings."
    • On February 18, 2010, by daveyspi - Sound recordings, unlike musical and other copyrightable works, do not give the author the exclusive right to publicly perform the work. One of the many purposed justifications for this Act is that performers should be entitled to a performance royalty just as songwriters are, which may be accomplished by granting this exclusive right. There is nothing in the Act that would ensure that performers are paid any portion of the amount collected by the record labels and their contracts almost certainly don't address their entitlement to a royalty that did not exist at the time of drafting. In addition, what impact would this have on commercial radio? The public would be subjected to even more advertising and less content (to cover the new costs) on what is supposed to be "the public's airwaves". As such, there is simply no legitimate basis for a fee, tax or any other charge to be placed on the public performance of sound recordings.

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      As noted by daveyspi, a user on OpenCongress.org, on February 18, 2010, "Sound recordings, unlike musical and other copyrightable works, do not give the author the exclusive right to publicly perform the work. One of the many purposed justifications for this Act is that performers should be entitled to a performance royalty just as songwriters are, which may be accomplished by granting this exclusive right. There is nothing in the Act that would ensure that performers are paid any portion of the amount collected by the record labels and their contracts almost certainly don't address their entitlement to a royalty that did not exist at the time of drafting. In addition, what impact would this have on commercial radio? The public would be subjected to even more advertising and less content (to cover the new costs) on what is supposed to be "the public's airwaves". As such, there is simply no legitimate basis for a fee, tax or any other charge to be placed on the public performance of sound recordings."
    • On February 23, 2010, by jharding - This is a common misconception that artists do not get paid for terrestrial radio play. The fact is BMG, ASCAP and other organizations make sure that artists, song writers and bands get payed for playing their material on the radio. Getting the government involved in anything like this is a mistake. Look at who's lobbying the senate to get this passed - BIG RECORD COMPANIES. Do you think they're doing this out of the goodness of their hearts? Are they going to give the artists all the proceeds from this? Not hardly - this is just another way big business gets Washington in their hip pocket to clean out the little guy. Sure, the big artists might see some more cash from this, but they're not the ones that need the help. No indie artist will benefit from this act. Smaller radio stations may be forced to close from the increased expense. This will simply increase the rift between the rich and the poor, and spawn more illegal pirate radio vs. "sanctioned" radio conflicts.

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      As noted by jharding, a user on OpenCongress.org, on February 23, 2010, "This is a common misconception that artists do not get paid for terrestrial radio play. The fact is BMG, ASCAP and other organizations make sure that artists, song writers and bands get payed for playing their material on the radio. Getting the government involved in anything like this is a mistake. Look at who's lobbying the senate to get this passed - BIG RECORD COMPANIES. Do you think they're doing this out of the goodness of their hearts? Are they going to give the artists all the proceeds from this? Not hardly - this is just another way big business gets Washington in their hip pocket to clean out the little guy. Sure, the big artists might see some more cash from this, but they're not the ones that need the help. No indie artist will benefit from this act. Smaller radio stations may be forced to close from the increased expense. This will simply increase the rift between the rich and the poor, and spawn more illegal pirate radio vs. "sanctioned" radio conflicts. "

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • H.R. 848 (111th): Performance Rights Act - GovTrack.us - March 18, 2012 by http://www.govtrack.us/users/events.xpd?monitors=misc:activebills - Reported by Committee, May 13, 2009. This bill or resolution was introduced on May 13, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. Text: Read Bill Text. Cosponsors: show cosponsors (52). Rep. Howard Berman [D-CA28] ... S. 379 (111th): P

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      As noted by http://www.govtrack.us/users/events.xpd?monitors=misc:activebills on March 18, 2012, "Reported by Committee, May 13, 2009. This bill or resolution was introduced on May 13, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. Text: Read Bill Text. Cosponsors: show cosponsors (52). Rep. Howard Berman [D-CA28] ... S. 379 (111th): P" (/url?q=http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/hr848&sa=U&ei=HMOHT6DoNOHs0gGgx-3aCQ&ved=0CDYQmAEwAw&usg=AFQjCNEmq4XnMZFoPd50fakwOwin9wJmtg)
    • H.R. 848 (111th): Performance Rights Act - GovTrack.us - March 18, 2012 by http://www.govtrack.us/users/events.xpd?monitors=misc:activebills - Reported by Committee, May 13, 2009. This bill or resolution was introduced on May 13, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. Text: Read Bill Text. Cosponsors: show cosponsors (52). Rep. Howard Berman [D-CA28] ... S. 379 (111th): P

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      As noted by http://www.govtrack.us/users/events.xpd?monitors=misc:activebills on March 18, 2012, "Reported by Committee, May 13, 2009. This bill or resolution was introduced on May 13, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. Text: Read Bill Text. Cosponsors: show cosponsors (52). Rep. Howard Berman [D-CA28] ... S. 379 (111th): P" (/url?q=http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/hr848&sa=U&ei=nCCHT9DZGOWc8AGL6dG0BQ&ved=0CDYQmAEwAw&usg=AFQjCNFGVwAXq3j8EY2fXtNQ82OmaXhCxQ)
    • H.R. 848 (111th): Performance Rights Act - GovTrack.us - March 18, 2012 by http://www.govtrack.us/users/events.xpd?monitors=misc:activebills - Reported by Committee, May 13, 2009. This bill or resolution was introduced on May 13, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. Text: Read Bill Text. Cosponsors: show cosponsors (52). Rep. Howard Berman [D-CA28] ... S. 379 (111th): P

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      As noted by http://www.govtrack.us/users/events.xpd?monitors=misc:activebills on March 18, 2012, "Reported by Committee, May 13, 2009. This bill or resolution was introduced on May 13, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. Text: Read Bill Text. Cosponsors: show cosponsors (52). Rep. Howard Berman [D-CA28] ... S. 379 (111th): P" (/url?q=http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/hr848&sa=U&ei=e3OGT9SZNIiT8AG71Jm1CA&ved=0CDYQmAEwAw&usg=AFQjCNF8cSOLnKSeWi8-U50QViqfo9ECNQ)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • Obama Administration Backs Making Radio Pay Fees - March 31, 2010 by ABC News - ...on the issue. It's unclear whether either chamber will bring the legislation to a vote this year. ——— The Senate bill is S.379. The House bill is H.R.848. ——— On the Net: http://thomas.loc.gov http://www.musicFIRSTcoalition.org http://www.na

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      As noted by ABC News on March 31, 2010, "...on the issue. It's unclear whether either chamber will bring the legislation to a vote this year. ——— The Senate bill is S.379. The House bill is H.R.848. ——— On the Net: http://thomas.loc.gov http://www.musicFIRSTcoalition.org http://www.na" (http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=10264047)
    • Warwick Wants Performers Paid for Radio Play - March 01, 2010 by ABC News - ...similar measures on the issue. It's unclear whether either chamber will bring them to a vote this year. ——— The Senate bill is S.379. The House bill is H.R.848. ——— On the Net: http://thomas.loc.gov http://www.musicFIRSTcoalition.org http://

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      As noted by ABC News on March 01, 2010, "...similar measures on the issue. It's unclear whether either chamber will bring them to a vote this year. ——— The Senate bill is S.379. The House bill is H.R.848. ——— On the Net: http://thomas.loc.gov http://www.musicFIRSTcoalition.org http://" (http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=9989979)
    • Taking A Stand: Protecting local radio stations - February 10, 2010 by WFIE-TV - ...local broadcasters. Here are links to the two bills pending in Congress: H.R.848, sponsored by Rep. John Conyers (MI-14) and S.379, sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT). Your members of Congress need to hear that you strongly oppose these bills. ©2010

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      As noted by WFIE-TV on February 10, 2010, "...local broadcasters. Here are links to the two bills pending in Congress: H.R.848, sponsored by Rep. John Conyers (MI-14) and S.379, sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT). Your members of Congress need to hear that you strongly oppose these bills. ©2010 " (http://www.14wfie.com/global/story.asp?s=11971775)
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