NAB reportedly focusing on freshmen House members in royalty fight

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Mar 25 2013 - 1:15pm

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On Friday we addressed the topic of broadcast radio and royalties, and the real possibility that the matter is the top sticking point for Internet radio's efforts to "normalize" what it pays to use copyright sound recordings (see Friday's RAIN here).

Inside Radio says the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is focusing on freshmen House members in its lobby for support of the anti-royalty resolution, the Local Radio Freedom Act ("That Congress should not impose any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge relating to the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station."). Of 109 House members who've signed on, many are newly elected members.

What's more, apparently Virginia NAB member stations have met with House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (who represents that state, pictured). Any bill on this matter would most likely have to get through Goodlatte's committee (The House Judiciary's subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet held a hearing on the Internet Radio Fairness Act in November that was almost completely taken over by music industry advocates' calls for a broadcast royalty, in RAIN here).

Goodlatte himself says he advocates royalty "fairness" and want to work towards new legislation as a solution to the matter of royalties for broadcast radio. Read more from Inside Radio here.

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