The U.S. Copyright Office recently released its comprehensive Music Licensing Study, a roadmap for potential revisions to the Copyright Act. The Copyright Office hosted a series of invitation-only roundtables to hear testimony from a variety of stakeholders. The New York roundtable was held on June 23, 2014 and included Paul Fakler representing the National Association of Broadcasters and Blake Morgan, an artist, songwriter and label owner involved with the #irespectmusic movement.
The National Association of Broadcasters (“NAB”) is the principle lobbying group representing largely the commercial radio stations in the United States. Broadcasters are an extremely powerful lobbying group that has stopped artists from being paid a broadcast royalty in the U.S. for nearly 100 years–even though artists are paid for broadcasting in every other democracy and major economy around the world except for countries like North Korea, Iran and Rwanda.
The Copyright Office released transcripts of these hearings that…
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