Once again we’ve started a new session of Congress with really old news–the National Association of Broadcasters is yet again circulating the reactionary Local Radio Freedom Act (or the grammatically challenged “LRFA”) that’s been warmed over and served up again from the last Congress.
LRFA’s purpose is twofold. Get unsuspecting Members to support a policy to deny recording artists their fair share for the performance of their recordings on terrestrial radio. How? By aligning America with the practice of Iran and North Korea. That’s just wrong and is out of step with the business of every other major world economy. And because America denies the world’s recording artists the same treatment that American artists would enjoy overseas, America’s trading partners justifiably refuse Americans reciprocal treatment in foreign countries. Which is more embarrassing?
The musicFIRST Coalition is sponsoring a petition to let your representatives in Congress know about the LRFA. Take a look and see if it’s for you here.