Senate measure to support LRFA introduced


US Congress
Senate Concurrent Resolution 6 supporting the Local Radio Freedom Act is active in the Senate after being introduced by John Barrasso (R-WY) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). It calls for Congress to follow 80 year and more of precedent and leave radio free of performance fees for airplay.

The resolution states plainly the symbiotic relationship between the radio and music industries that renders such a fee unfair and unnecessary: “Whereas local radio stations provide free publicity and promotion to the recording industry and performers of music in the form of radio air play, interviews with performers, introduction of new performers, concert promotions, and publicity that promotes the sale of music, concert tickets, ring tones, music videos, and associated merchandise;”

It also notes the “essential local news and weather information” provided by local broadcasters, particularly in times of emergency, as well as their record of public service and involvement in charitable causes.

It goes on to note the hardship that would fall upon thousands of local stations should they be burdened with a new performance fee.

The conclusion: “Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That Congress should not impose any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge relating to the public performance of sound recordings over the air, or on any business for such public performance of sound recordings.”