Department Of Commerce Supports Performance Rights Act

Department Of Commerce Supports Performance Rights Act

Department Of Commerce Supports Performance Rights Act
The U.S. Department of Commerce has pledged its support of the Performance Rights Act (S. 379) via a letter written to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) from DOC General Counsel Cameron F. Kerry. "The Department has long endorsed amending the U.S. copyright law to provide for an exclusive right in the public performance of sound recordings," stated Kerry. Proponents view the letter as a vote of support from the Obama Administration. The DOC had also expressed similar support during the George W. Bush Administration. The Recording Academy along with the musicFIRST Coalition have actively advocated for the Performance Rights Act, which would grant copyright owners and performers a royalty when their songs are played on terrestrial radio. (4/2)

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Chrysalis Group PLC Acquires First State Media Group
Chrysalis Group PLC
has acquired First State Media Group, a company controlling a catalog of more than 45,000 music copyrights, for $16.5 million, according to Billboard.biz. Chrysalis will manage the administration of copyrights for the catalog until September 2016, with an additional three-year option. FSMG's catalog features music from DreamWorks, State One Music, and Wind-up Records, including music from GRAMMY winners Sheryl Crow, John Denver and Evanescence. (4/2)
 

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