Congress Should Oppose the So-Called "Local Radio Freedom Act"
Elementary concepts of fairness demand that musical artists and performers remain free to negotiate performance rights with broadcasters that seek to play their songs. Indeed, current law allows artists to mutually bargain with satellite, Internet and cable stations.
The only exception: traditional AM-FM radio stations, which are unfairly protected by federal law from having to negotiate with artists for performance rights. This is precisely the sort of crony capitalism against which the American electorate is increasingly irate.
Unfortunately, rather than advocating market reform, some in Congress wish to cement the current protectionist status quo. Under the so-called "Local Radio Freedom Act," whose very name contradicts its real-world effect, terrestrial radio's unjustifiable…[more]
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