February 23, 2015
The Local Radio Freedom Act, commonly known as LRFA, is a controversial resolution that is likely to be reintroduced in Congress soon.
The Act, if passed, would continue an incredibly unfair practice of allowing FM radio to play music, every moment of every day, without paying the performers that bring the music to life and the copyright owners who help shape the recordings. FM radio earns more than twice the entire recorded music industry combined, and unlike Internet and satellite radio which pay for the use of recordings, FM radio pays NOTHING to the artists and labels. It’s time to level the playing field and have FM radio pay royalties to recording artists and copyright owners for the same reason that other radio platforms pay: all creators should receive fair pay, on all platforms and technologies, whenever their music is used. Period. FM radio stands alone as the only business –in any industry- that refuses to pay for the raw materials they use.
And don’t be fooled by the name. This fight has nothing to do with small local radio stations. Under past legislative proposals to require FM radio to pay, stations with revenue under $1M would pay a nominal annual fee amounting to a few dollars a day for their main product. In the meantime, big FM radio stations owned by huge, multi-billion dollar conglomerate companies that bring in the majority of the roughly $17 Billion in advertising every year get away with paying nothing. Instead they’re using their billions to pay big lobby teams right now to try to convince lawmakers to take action.
You can help. Right now, the current law allows FM radio to make billions off recordings without paying the performers a dime. The law is wrong, and it needs to be fixed. With your help, we can make that happen. Your voice is important. You can learn more about LRFA and write your Member of Congress to let them know FM radio’s free ride shouldn’t continue.