Washington DC
31 March 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

New bill could remove satellite radio exemption


A new bill has been introduced in US Congress that could level the playing field between satellite radio and internet radio.

The new piece of bipartisan legislation, the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, was introduced yesterday (30 March) by Jerry Nadler, Marsha Blackburn, John Conyers, Darrell Issa, Ted Deutch and Tom Rooney.

As it stands, AM and FM radio are exempt from paying royalties to artists for use of their music on the radio.

Internet radio stations must pay royalties under the rate standard “willing buyer, willing seller”.

Music rights campaign group musicFIRST said these changes would cost small, local stations with annual revenues below $1 million around $500 a year.

Public, college and other non-commercial radio stations would only pay $100 a year.

MusicFIRST welcomed the introduction of the legislation, stating it is “an important bill that protects the rights of music creators and benefits the consumers who listen to their songs”.

“This bipartisan legislation, together with recent developments that demonstrate strong support for the performance rights of artists, shows clear momentum for reaching a solution to copyright reform that establishes free market pay for all music creators and technology-neutral rules for music services.”

More Copyright news
The latest news from IPPro The Internet
Join Our Newsletter

Sign up today and never
miss the latest news or an issue again

Subscribe now
EU Copyright Directive “compromise amendments” revealed
22 February 2018 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
EU rapporteur Axel Voss has proposed “compromise amendments” to article 13 of the EU's Copyright Directive, which would further shift the burden of responsibility for copyright infringement to internet platforms
IPTV supplier fined £18,000
14 February 2018 | Harrow | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A pre-loaded IPTV box supplier must pay a £18,000 fine for selling illicit streaming devices online, as well as breaching the Premier League’s copyright
IFPI calls for “effective solution” to value gap
07 February 2018 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), with the support of 23 other creative industry organisations, has penned a letter to the new presidency of the European Council asking it provide an “effective solution” to the so-
New trial ordered in BMG v Cox
06 February 2018 | Virginia | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has overturned a $25 million damages award for BMG Rights Management and ordered a new trial in its dispute with Cox Communications
CRB issues royalty rate hike for music streaming services
05 February 2018 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The Copyright Royalty Board has ruled to increase royalty payments to songwriters and music publishers from music streaming services by nearly 44 percent
Grumpy Cat wins copyright lawsuit
25 January 2018 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The owner of internet sensation ‘Grumpy Cat’ has won a copyright infringement lawsuit against Grenade Beverage
Radiohead sue Lana Del Rey for copyright infringement
8 January 2018 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Radiohead are suing Lana Del Rey for copyright infringement, claiming that the Del Rey’s 2017 song Get Free was similar to their 1992 song Creep