Mar 30, 2017
SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe today issued the following statement on the introduction of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act. Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-New York), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), John Conyers (D-Michigan), Darrell Issa (R-California), Ted Deutch (D-Florida) and Thomas Rooney (R-Florida) introduced the bill.
“The Fair Play Fair Pay Act aligns with SoundExchange’s guiding principle: all creators should receive fair pay, on all platforms and technologies, whenever their music is used. Too often, U.S law forces American artists and rights holders to work for free or accept below market rates for the use of their work. No other group of American workers is forced by Congress to give their work away for free. The Fair Play Fair Pay Act corrects these injustices.
“Current law essentially provides a government subsidy benefiting the huge, publicly-traded companies on the backs of hard-working musicians. The highly profitable $17 billion radio industry is permitted to use sound recordings for programming their stations while paying nothing to music creators and owners. Digital services take advantage of a quirk in copyright law that has persisted for 40 years to avoid paying for music recorded prior to 1972, and creators are forced to accept below market value royalties from satellite radio and cable music services.
“These are all remnants of a patchworked policy that must be modernized to address dramatic changes in technology and the music marketplace. Fair Play Fair Pay rights these wrongs and starts us on the road to meaningful copyright reform.
“On behalf of the 130,000 artists and rights owners we represent, we thank Representatives Nadler, Blackburn, Conyers, Issa, Deutch and Rooney for their leadership and for standing up for America’s creators.”
For more information on the legislation, please click here to read SoundExchange’s one pager.