|FCC Reopens and Suspends Filing Deadlines|
Thursday, October 17, 2013 (1864 reads)
As the FCC reopens today after being shut down for 16 days, it has reactivated its website and posted the following notice:
“As a result of the recent shutdown of Commission services, including access to electronic dockets on the Commission's web site, due to a government-wide lapse in appropriations, we suspend all Commission filing deadlines that occurred during the shutdown or that will occur on or before October 21, other than Network Outage Reporting System (NORS) filing deadlines, until further notice. The Commission will soon issue further guidance on revised filing deadlines. We recommend that parties refrain from submitting filings seeking additional relief until after they consider the further guidance.”
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|ALERT: Radio Royalty Bill Introduced|
Thursday, October 3, 2013 (2052 reads)
Congressman Mel Watt (D-NC) has introduced a bill that would require radio stations to pay a performance tax for over-the-air music use. The proposed "Free Market Royalty Act" is similar to the legislation introduced in 2009.
The bill, however, will face a battle in Congress because, to date, 183 lawmakers have co-sponsored the Local Radio Freedom Act, which states that "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."
Five Michigan members of Congress have co-sponsored the Local Radio Freedom Act, including Congressman John Dingell (D-12), Congressman Tim Walberg (R-7), Congressman Dan Benishek (R-1), Congressman Mike Rogers (R-8), and Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-10).
Please click here for more information on MAB's position on the performance royalty.