The Fair Play Fair Pay Act

The Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2017

A bipartisan group of lawmakers reintroduced the Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2017, which will reform antiquated U.S. copyright policy to ensure that artists and rights owners get fair market value for their work wherever it is used. U.S. Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Darrell Issa (R-CA), John Conyers (D-MI), Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Thomas Rooney (R-FL) introduced the bill and will usher it through the 115th Congress.

SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe issued a statement on the reintroduction of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act that you can read here.


Under this bill, all radio services would pay fair market value for the music they use. The Fair Play Fair Pay Act would:

  1. Create a performance right for sound recordings on terrestrial radio;
  2. Establish a “willing buyer, willing seller” fair market value rate standard for all digital platforms;
  3. Require payment for pre-72 sound recordings by preventing digital services from exploiting a loophole in federal law that they believe allows them to deny royalties to featured artists and rights owners who recorded before February 15, 1972;
  4. Ensure royalties paid to songwriters are untouched and undisturbed by new legislation; and
  5. Include provisions from the AMP Act – codifying SoundExchange’s longtime practice of honoring “Letters of Direction” from artists who want to share royalties with producers and other creative participants who work with them.

For more information on the legislation, please click here to read SoundExchange’s one pager.

SoundExchange Stands with Music Creators

SoundExchange has worked with the musicFIRST Coalition and other allied groups to support music creators who want to share their support for Fair Play Fair Pay with Members of Congress. There are no more effective voices for Fair Play Fair Pay than those of the artists themselves. So many have stood up in support of the bill on behalf of their fellow creators— Martha Reeves, Rosanne Cash, Duke Fakir of the Four Tops, Elvis Costello, Ronnie Spector, Cyndi Lauper, Martha Wash, Marshall Crenshaw, Gloria Gaynor, Nona Hendrix, Ray Parker Jr., Cassandra Wilson, and many, many more.

Who Else is Standing with Music Creators?

Groups from all sides of the ideological spectrum have endorsed the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, including the AFL-CIO, American Commitment, Less Government, the Center for Individual Freedom, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Citizens Against Government Waste, The Free State Foundation, and Americans for Tax Reform.

Bipartisan Support

Fair Play Fair Pay has had bipartisan support with representatives from both sides of the aisle recognizing the importance of correcting the most glaring inequities in U.S. copyright law today and bringing fairness to the music licensing system.