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H.R.4789 Performance Rights Act, 110th Congress

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  • Latest Action: Jun 26, 2008 Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote .

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  • Committee Assignment: House Committee on the Judiciary

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  • Committee Assignment: House Committee on the Judiciary - Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

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  • 63% of users oppose H.R.4789

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    63% of users on OpenCongress.org, a free, non-partisan resource, oppose H.R.4789.
  • H.R.4789 has been viewed 35,852 times

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    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On May 12, 2008, by tonyt - I fell that this bill is going to end free radio. the radio companies are not reporting great profits. I see that the amount of revenue generated looks like alot, but the cost to run a broadcast company must not be cheap. what is the profit of the broadcast companies. i will back this bill if the profits are great. Satellite radio charges there listener and this is why I feel that they should pay. Now on the other hand I don’t agree on internet stations having to pay, unless they are charging there listeners.

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      As noted by tonyt, a user on OpenCongress.org, on May 12, 2008, "I fell that this bill is going to end free radio. the radio companies are not reporting great profits. I see that the amount of revenue generated looks like alot, but the cost to run a broadcast company must not be cheap. what is the profit of the broadcast companies. i will back this bill if the profits are great. Satellite radio charges there listener and this is why I feel that they should pay. Now on the other hand I don’t agree on internet stations having to pay, unless they are charging there listeners."
    • On January 14, 2009, by Anonymous - Not only radio should pay both writers and performers for performance rights, but they should submit cue sheets so that the money can distributed correctly (like TVs do)

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      As noted by Anonymous, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 14, 2009, "Not only radio should pay both writers and performers for performance rights, but they should submit cue sheets so that the money can distributed correctly (like TVs do)"
    • On June 25, 2008, by pmolloy4 - Commercial radio stations broadcast millions of recordings every year and as a result they are able to sell $16 billion a year in advertising. We’re the only developed country that allows broadcasting corporations to enjoy such profits and provide no share for the musicians who create the very product that generates all the revenue. Contrary to popular thought, we’re not all rich celebrities. Most of us are struggling to pay our bills every month. This Bill would correct this horrible inequity.

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      As noted by pmolloy4, a user on OpenCongress.org, on June 25, 2008, "Commercial radio stations broadcast millions of recordings every year and as a result they are able to sell $16 billion a year in advertising. We’re the only developed country that allows broadcasting corporations to enjoy such profits and provide no share for the musicians who create the very product that generates all the revenue. Contrary to popular thought, we’re not all rich celebrities. Most of us are struggling to pay our bills every month. This Bill would correct this horrible inequity."

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • Intellectual Property Watch » Blog Archive » US Bill On Radio ... - April 28, 2010 by Intellectual Property Watch - Intellectual Property Watch provides independent news, features and analysis on international IP policymaking such as trade, health, digital rights, biodiversity and access to knowledge.

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      As noted by Intellectual Property Watch on April 28, 2010, "Intellectual Property Watch provides independent news, features and analysis on international IP policymaking such as trade, health, digital rights, biodiversity and access to knowledge." (http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/2010/04/29/us-bill-on-radio-music-royalties-gets-key-backing/)
    • Obama administration backs pay for airplay - supports Performance ... - April 01, 2010 by http://johnpisciotta.posterous.com/ - http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118017175.html?categoryid=23&cs=1&n...:+variety/headlines+(Variety+-+Latest+News). http://www.opencongress.org/bill/110-h4789/show ...

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      As noted by http://johnpisciotta.posterous.com/ on April 01, 2010, "http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118017175.html?categoryid=23&cs=1&n...:+variety/headlines+(Variety+-+Latest+News). http://www.opencongress.org/bill/110-h4789/show ..." (http://johnpisciotta.com/obama-administration-backs-pay-for-airplay-su-0)
    • H.R.4789: Public Option Act - U.S. Congress - OpenCongress - March 09, 2010 by opencongress.org - OpenCongress Summary. Amends title XVIII of the Social Security Act to allow any citizen or permanent resident of the United States to buy into Medicare. Wiki Summary; Official Summary. This bill currently has no wiki ... -

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      As noted by opencongress.org on March 09, 2010, "OpenCongress Summary. Amends title XVIII of the Social Security Act to allow any citizen or permanent resident of the United States to buy into Medicare. Wiki Summary; Official Summary. This bill currently has no wiki ... - " (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h4789/show)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • Bill to Levy ‘Performance Fee’ Introduced; Conaway, Green Oppose - December 20, 2007 by Radio World, VA - Howard Berman, D-Calif., this week introduced a bill (HR 4789) supporting a “performance fee” paid by stations for the music they play over the air. ...

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      As noted by Radio World, VA on December 20, 2007, "Howard Berman, D-Calif., this week introduced a bill (HR 4789) supporting a “performance fee” paid by stations for the music they play over the air. ..." (http://www.rwonline.com/pages/s.0100/t.10383.html)
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