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Senate Judiciary Sets Hearing on Performance Rights Act

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An effort to require broadcast radio stations to pay peformers when their songs are played will get a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Aug. 4.

The House Judiciary Committee passed a similar bill in May in a 21-9 to levy a royalty on radio stations, with a tiered system based on the revenue of stations and whether it is a commercial or public broadcaster. 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will preside over the Senate hearing.

There’s been an intense lobbying effort on the part of musicians’ orgs and record labels to pass such a bill, and among broadcasters to oppose it.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the chairman of the committee, is the sponsor of the bill. Feinstein is a co-sponsor along with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.); Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.).

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