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April 5, 2017 | News Articles

RIAA Comment On New PROMOTE Act Introduced By Reps. Issa and Deutch

WASHINGTON – Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Cal.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) today introduced the PROMOTE Act, legislation that cleverly shines a spotlight on the unjust lack of a U.S. performance right over AM/FM radio by requiring broadcasters to obtain consent from music creators before playing their music over the radio.  Below is a comment from RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman on the bill:

“Kudos to Chairman Issa and Rep. Deutch, who are calling the broadcasters’ bluff on this bogus claim that ‘promotion’ somehow justifies taking music for free.  All of radio’s competitors — who also arguably ‘promote’ — pay music creators for their work.  The PROMOTE Act gets back to the basic notion of consent before property is taken.  We look forward to working with the Chairman, Rep. Deutch, and their colleagues on finally resolving the performance rights loophole.”