Fair Play Fair Pay Act Introduced to Address Musician & Label Compensation
New bill would pay performers and recording owners for AM/FM airplay; address other issues around music licensing and radio services
April 13, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN.), John Conyers Jr. (D-MI.), and Ted Deutch (D-FL.) introduced the Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015. Among other things, the bill would establish a public performance right for terrestrial radio, enabling musicians and sound recording owners to collect royalties when their music is played on AM/FM radio. Currently, only digital radio services—such as satellite radio, Internet radio and cable radio—are legally obligated to pay artists and labels for the over-the-air transmission of their work. This is in contrast with the rest of the developed world, which compensates performing artists and songwriters when their music is played on terrestrial radio.
The Fair Pay fair Play Act also attempts to establish cross-platform royalty parity by establishing a “willing seller, willing buyer” standard that federal judges would use to make rate determinations. In addition, the bill would require services to pay performance royalties on older recordings not currently recognized by the federal government, as well as establishing a more streamlined means for artists to apportion a percentage of their performance royalties to studio professionals should they so desire.