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Senate Judiciary Committee okays Performance Rights Act

Senate Judiciary Committee okays Performance Rights Act

The Act is designed to close a loophole in copyright law that means music radio stations do not compensate artists and musicians when they play their hits. A similar bill has already been approved by the House Judiciary Committee.

musicFirst Coalition, which has been campaigning for years for radio royalties, has welcomed the move. Executive director Jennifer Bendall says, "Today we are one step closer to righting a wrong that has existed since the early days of radio; one step closer to winning the fight for fundamental justice that has been waged by countless artists and musicians over the last 80 years."

Bendall believes the campaign is making progress now that two congressional committees have approved a bill to create a fair performance right on radio.

She adds, "Together we can create a performance right on radio that is fair to artists, musicians and rights holders, fair to other radio platforms that pay a performance royalty, and fair to AM and FM music radio."

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