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CFIF Strongly Opposes Senator Ron Wyden's "ACCESS to Sound Recordings" Act

CFIF has long championed greater fairness for recording artists and protection of intellectual property (IP) rights in the music industry.   Among other problems, current law generally protects recording artists' rights for post-1972 songs, but not pre-1972 classics:

. Under byzantine laws, artists receive just compensation whenever their post-1972 recordings are played, but in many cases not for their pre-1972 recordings.  That's an indefensible and arbitrary artifact that has persisted far too long.  Why should Neil Diamond receive payment whenever 'America' is played, but not classics like 'Solitary Man?'

Fortunately, the opportunity to correct that unfairness has arrived.  Even better, legislation to correct the existing flawed system arrives alongside other music legislation…[more]

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Friday, April 15 2011

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- The Center for Individual Freedom ("CFIF") is pleased to announce that award-winning columnist Quin Hillyer has joined CFIF as a Senior Fellow. Mr. Hillyer comes to CFIF from The Washington Times, where he has spent the past two years as Senior Editorial Writer. 

For CFIF, Hillyer will continue his role as an "investigative columnist" on public policy issues, with special focus on matters legal, regulatory and budgetary.  He will work from both Mobile, Alabama – extending CFIF’s reach to a number of different sites across the country – and at CFIF’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.  Hillyer also will remain a Senior Editor at The American Spectator.

"CFIF is thrilled to have Quin join our team," said CFIF President Jeffrey Mazzella. "He brings an incredible depth and breadth of knowledge which will prove invaluable as CFIF continues expansion of public policy advocacy and coverage." 

Hillyer has won mainstream journalism awards as an editorialist and columnist at local, state, regional and national levels.  From 1991 to 1996, he served as press secretary for House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bob Livingston (R-LA) when the committee cut domestic discretionary spending by $50 billion in actual dollars in just two years, leading the way to the first balanced federal budget in more than three decades.

A veteran of dozens of conservative political campaigns, Hillyer was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the public affairs office of the Veterans Administration. He was a founding board member of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, the internationally acclaimed group that was formed in the early 1990s to successfully combat the political rise of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

Hillyer is a 1986 cum laude graduate of Georgetown University and a Fellow of the Loyola University (New Orleans) Institute of Politics and of Leadership Coastal Alabama. He is married to the former Therese Robinson, originally of Mobile.

"I am delighted to join CFIF, which does terrific work in defending free markets and the rule of law," said Hillyer. "I look forward to helping it continue the battle to preserve those crucial underpinnings of the American compact."

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