The Local Radio Freedom Act is intended to head off any effort to impose a performance royalty on broadcast radio in recognition of the value of the airplay provided by that medium, and support for it is continuing to grow.
According to the language of the measure, “Congress should not impose any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge relating to the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station for broadcasting sound recordings over-the-air, or on any business for such public performance of sound recordings.”
Nine members of the House have signed up as co-sponsors, bringing the total in that body to 118. In the Senate, one more joined up, bringing the total there up to nine.
Here are the new backers of LRFA:
Ron Barber (AZ-2),
Jeff Duncan (SC-3),
Sam Graves (MO-6),
Peter King (NY-2),
Devin Nunes (CA-22),
Steven Palazzo (MS-4),
Joe Pitts (PA-16),
Reid Ribble (WI-8) and
Paul Ryan (WI-1).
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT)
The National Association of Broadcasters signaled its preference for compensation deals worked out by members of the radio and recording industries, and highlighted agreements arrived at by radio groups such as Clear Channel, Entercom and Beasley with a number of labels.