Feinstein hatching performer c’right bill

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein may partner with a political opposite on a musical copyright bill.

Democrat Feinstein and fellow Senate copyright subcommittee member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) are considering offering legislation as early as this week that would establish a performer’s right for digital sound recordings.

Sources said the bill is similar to legislation pending in the House copyright subcommittee offered by chairman William Hughes (D-N.J.) and Howard Berman (D-Los Angeles).

The Hughes-Berman proposal would give copyright holders the exclusive right to control digital transmission of their recordings on radio, cable TV and other emerging technologies. Though the House bill has been embraced by the Recording Industry Assn. of America, songwriters and music publishers oppse the measure, claiming it could give too much power to the record companies.

The Feinstein-Hatch bill will attempt to mollify songwriters and publishers by ensuring that the amount of music license fees they receive each year from broadcasters would not decrease as a result of the new legislation.

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