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]
She's baaaaaaaack. And she's maaaaaad.
First lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement address at Tuskegee University last weekend. She'll do it again at Ohio's Oberlin College -- the UC Berkeley of the Midwest, Ground Zero for racial grievance-mongering and fake hate crimes -- next week.
Commencement FLOTUS is not the same first lady who shows up on "Ellen" or "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" wearing her pastel cardigan, Chuck Taylors and a megawatt grin. No, this frowny-faced Michelle Obama talks and squawks like Al Sharpton in Jimmy Choo kitten heels. At Tuskegee…
"As a conservative, I think it serves the country best if elected officials, not judges, repair what's wrong in Obamacare. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, hit the right note when he said he did not agree with the ruling. 'It was never up to the Supreme Court to save us from Obamacare,' he said in a statement issued Thursday.Because the Democratic Congress wrote a heavy…[more]
—Debra J. Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle Syndicated Columnist
— Debra J. Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle Syndicated Columnist