SoundExchange Welcomes Rep. Nadler’s Announcement that Introduction of Comprehensive Music Licensing Legislation is Imminent

SoundExchange Welcomes Rep. Nadler’s Announcement that Introduction of Comprehensive Music Licensing Legislation is Imminent

WASHINGTON, DC – June 10, 2014 – Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) today announced that he will soon introduce legislation to provide “fairness and efficiency to our music licensing system, and ensuring that no particular business enjoys a special advantage against new and innovative technologies.”

Nadler made clear that his legislation will include creation of a performance right for recording artists and record labels on AM/FM radio. In response to Nadler’s announcement today, Michael Huppe, President and CEO of SoundExchange said:

“We are pleased to learn that Rep. Nadler will soon be introducing legislation to address many of the issues that prevent music creators from receiving fair market value for their work, including ensuring that U.S. performers are paid when their sound recordings are broadcast on AM/FM radio. SoundExchange has been advocating for years on behalf of artists and rights owners in an effort to secure a performance right on terrestrial radio broadcasts. The reality is that without these artists, and the music they create, commercial FM radio would cease to exist. We need radio to do what’s right and fair – and pay for all the music it plays.”

Commercial FM radio should be held to the same standards, and play by the same rules as Internet, cable and satellite radio, all of which already compensate recording artists and rights holders for their work.

Michael Huppe will be testifying on music licensing issues on June 25, 2014. Additional updates will be posted here as more information becomes available.