MusicFirst H.R. 1733/S

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MusicFirst H.R. 1733/S

Post by gogoalshop » Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:32 am

Hi all,

The Fair Play Act H.R. 1733/S is anything but FAIR. Music first says that radio stations that have annual billing under 1 million dollars a year will pay less and are being considered low revenue stations. This is hogwash! How many radio operators let alone small groups even bill 1 million dollars a year.

Music First along with the other music rights groups have the idea that since radio broadcasting has made millions upon millions of dollars for the music industry that radio operators do the same.

PLEASE VERIFY THE FACTS BEFORE THIS INSANE BILL IS THE LAW OF THE LAND. Get a real idea of just what the radio broadcast operator actually brings in and consider the impact radio has on the music industry. Over the past several years expenses go up in all areas of the operation and revenue has been flat for several years.


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Re: MusicFirst H.R. 1733/S

Post by cuddzu » Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:20 am

Elaboration, explanation, and comments from SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe and a One Paper SoundExchange wrote on the bill is also available. ... r-pay-act/

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Re: MusicFirst H.R. 1733/S

Post by countryboy » Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:49 am

This proposal was introduced in 2017. The bill never left committee, and was never voted on by Congress. As a result, this bill has lapsed and will need to be reintroduced to the new Congress by current members. This bill has been introduced many times before, and always with the same result. The reason is this bill creates a new royalty without giving anything in return. Radio stations already pay a performance royalty as required by law. Radio stations also pay the digital performance royalty for streaming as required by law. What's needed is a comprehensive royalty act that condenses all royalties in one bill. That way, payments are fair to all parties, not just one side or the other. This bill would require multiple royalties for the exact same music. That's not fair. The rates would not be co-ordinated, setting up a situation where songwriters could litigate that they're getting paid less than record labels. Radio stations would be forced to negitiate another royalty, and pay an additional royalty, on top of the royalties they already pay. This isn't fair. The music industry needs to work directly with broadcasters to create a system that's fair to all parties, not just the recording industry. Broadcasters worked with the usic industry and supported the Music Modernization Act. That's the kind of co-operation that's needed here.

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