AFM Urges Passing of Performance Rights Act!

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 12, 2009 at 9:25 AM

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) is urging Congress to pass the Performance Rights Act, which will provide a full performance right for sound recordings broadcast over traditional AM/FM Radio.

"The overwhelming majority of performers are not rich, but hardworking men and women trying to make a living," said AFM President Tom Lee. "A source of income is being denied to these men and women by over-the-air AM/FM radio, which gets its advertising revenue and listeners from the popularity of their recorded music. The Performance Rights Act would give performers a fair recognition of the value their work brings to radio. A royalty payment of just a fraction of a cent per song would have a big impact on working musicians."

Currently, musicians are not paid when their music is broadcast over traditional AM/FM radio.  The Performance Rights Act seeks to rectify this longstanding inequity in copyright law.

“On behalf of AFM and myself, I'd like to personally thank Senator Patrick Leahy and Rep. John Conyers Jr. for introducing the Performance Rights Act bill and recognizing how important it is to ensure that performers get paid for their hard work," said Lee. "I now urge Congress to pass this measure as quickly as possible."

AFM would also like to thank the following co-sponsors: Representatives Darrell Issa, Howard Berman, Marsha Blackburn, Jane Harman, John Shadegg, and Paul Hodes; and Senators Orrin Hatch, Dianne Feinstein, Bob Corker, and Barbara Boxer.

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