|ALERT: Radio Royalty Bill Introduced|
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).
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