Protectionist "Local Radio Freedom Act" Would Prevent Payment to Musicians for Songs
Under current law, recording artists remain free to negotiate performance payment rights with Internet, cable and satellite stations. Due to an unfair exception, however, artists cannot negotiate in the same manner with traditional AM-FM radio. Unfortunately, proposed federal legislation backed by broadcasting interests would cement that anomaly. Deceptively entitled the "Local Radio Freedom Act" ("LRFA"), the bill would stifle a potentially freer marketplace and foreclose future negotiation for payment to musicians for songs.
If successful, that would perpetuate terrestrial radio broadcasters' ability to exploit a legal loophole allowing them to earn billions of dollars by playing songs whose artists would remain uncompensated. Exacerbating matters, those same terrestrial broadcasters…[more]
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—Debra J. Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle Syndicated Columnist
— Debra J. Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle Syndicated Columnist