June 24, 2014
On Wednesday, June 25, SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe will testify before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet on the topic of Music Licensing Under Title 17, Part 2. Earlier this month, on June 10, Part 1 of the Music Licensing hearing took place – see here for a recap.
Michael will be joined by singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, along with representatives from Pandora, SiriusXM, RIAA, ASCAP, the National Association of Broadcasters and the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM). These witnesses will address the current state of music licensing in the U.S., particularly as it relates to digital radio and the lack of a performance royalty from AM/FM radio. In addition, Michael will use the opportunity to draw attention to our “Project72” initiative – putting a spotlight on the fact that digital radio providers, like Pandora and SiriusXM, have stopped paying artists with recordings made before 1972.
As music advocates, we are working tirelessly to protect all creators of music. On Wednesday, Michael will lay out for decision makers in Congress what we believe must be the guiding principle for music licensing reform: All creators should receive fair pay, on all platforms and technologies, whenever their music is used. Further, we hope to use this opportunity to highlight other discrepancies within the music business, including the lack of royalty payments for pre-1972 recording artists, and the failure of lawmakers to hold FM radio to the same standards as other radio providers.
We encourage you to watch the live webcast of the hearing Wednesday, June 25 at 10:00 am ET at: http://judiciary.house.gov/index.cfm/live-video-feed
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