According to a story on Digital Music News, the National Association of Broadcasters is lobbying to block legislation that would force radio stations to pay royalties to musical performers and owner of sound recordings. As the law currently stands, they’re only required to pay royalties to publishers and songwriters.
In many countries around the world, performance royalties for radio play are paid to all four entities: songwriter, publisher, performer, and owner of recording.
Those countries who don’t? Iran. North Korea. Rwanda. The United States.
According to the Digital Music News story, the US radio industry made more than the entire worldwide record industry. Do you think they should have to share some of that money with the people who actually recorded and performed that music?
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