Nadler Addresses Performance Rights At GRAMMYs On The Hill

Nadler Addresses Performance Rights At GRAMMYs On The Hill

Nadler Addresses Performance Rights At GOTH
On April 26 Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D–N.Y.), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and member of the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet, addressed his continued support for the Performance Rights Act during a keynote address at the 2012 GRAMMYs on the Hill Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. The "issue of performance rights is not over," he said during his remarks to an audience of artists, technicians and industry and legislative representatives. Nadler noted it is "patently absurd" that broadcast radio is the only medium exempt from paying for sound recording rights. "The bottom line is that terrestrial radio … is allowed to use the creation, the intellectual property, of another, for free," Nadler said. "I'm aware of no other instance where this is allowed, and this needs to be remedied." While parties for and against the Performance Rights Act had reportedly reached an agreement in July 2010, the proposal was amended by the National Association of Broadcasters in October 2010 to include stipulations that were "economically worse for the music community than the status quo," according to Nadler. "This issue isn't over, and it won't be over until we have a performance right enshrined in law," he continued. "If the parties can't solve the problem, Congress will." In closing, Nadler said, "Like you, I believe that protecting copyrights and making sure creators are paid for their work is critical. It's not only the fair and moral thing to do, but it's vital for our economic well-being." The Recording Academy has been actively working toward a performance right for the music community. (4/30)

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