Last week, it was the Senate Judiciary Committee’s turn to direct its attention to the debate about the public performance right for sound recordings.
A little primer: When you hear a song on regular radio in the US, the composer/songwriter/publisher are compensated for that “public performance” via ASCAP/BMI/SESAC, but the performer and record label are not. read more
On Wednesday, October 24 — that’s tomorrow, people — the Senate Commerce Committee is holding a hearing on "The Future of Radio" during which "Committee Members will assess the state of innovation and competition in the radio market."
Mac McCaughan, musician and co-owner of indie label Merge Records has been invited to testify, along with Tim Westergren from Pandora and folks from National Public Radio, Withers Broadcasting, Free Press and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.
The hearing starts at 10 AMET and is being held in Russell Building 253. The committee also offers a live webcast, which you can access as the hearing starts at: http://commerce.senate.gov/ read more
“We applaud the Senate Commerce Committee’s overwhelming
bipartisan vote of 14-7 in support of allowing the Federal Communications
Commission to expand non-commercial Low Power FM radio stations into
urban markets. Today’s vote was part of the Committee’s larger debate
on a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s telecommunications laws.” read more