Broadcasters Oppose Songwriter Bill
“Respectful opposition” is the stance of
the National Association of Broadcasters to a new bill on Capitol Hill dealing
with songwriter compensation.
The NAB says the
Songwriter Equity Act would increase rates that songwriters are paid when their
music is played on radio stations and other platforms.
Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton issued a statement: “NAB
respectfully opposes this legislation, which could impose new costs on
broadcasters that jeopardize the future of our free locally-focused service. While
this legislation raises important issues about the changes confronting the
songwriter community, NAB objects to changes in law that would deal with the
financial imbalance between songwriters and artists by subjecting free
broadcast radio stations to new fees.”
The National Music
Publishers’ Association is backing the bill, introduced by Rep. Doug Collins,
Separate efforts in recent years to change the
compensation system for performance artists have been opposed by NAB.