April 26, 2017
Even if you haven’t heard of it, World IP Day is an important observance for music creators.
Why? Because World IP Day raises awareness about the role intellectual property rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity. It raises awareness about the role of copyright to protect creative works, an issue important to recording artists and rights owners.
Congress recently demonstrated that it understands how important copyright issues are to the creative community. A bipartisan coalition of our supporters in Congress renewed the call to protect the value of music and create a music licensing structure for the future when they reintroduced the Fair Play Fair Pay Act on March 30.
“This is a big step forward, but it’s important that Congress finish the job and repair our broken U.S. copyright law so we aren’t waging this same fight when World IP Day comes around next year,” SoundExchange President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Huppe said.
U.S. Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Conyers (D-MI), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Thomas Rooney (R-FL) sponsored this important bill that will protect the rights of music creators.
You can add your voice to the chorus of support for Fair Play Fair Pay by clicking here to write your member of Congress.
The Fair Play Fair Pay Act would:
- Give recording artists and copyright owners a performance right for FM radio airplay
- Require ALL radio platforms, including FM radio, to pay fair market value for the music that is the basis of their business
- Provide federal copyright protection for artists who recorded before 1972
The bill acknowledges the economic value of music to our economy. It also accounts for rapid technology innovation – and the patchwork of laws we’ve passed in an attempt to keep up with that innovation – because it says music creators deserve fair market value for their work, no matter what platform music is played on. Read more about the bill here.
Remember to click here and urge your senators and representatives to support the Fair Play Fair Pay Act. Adding your voice to the chorus of support for Fair Play Fair Pay will make a huge difference – and it will be a great way to celebrate World IP Day.