Rob Pegoraro is usually an informed and thoughtful commentator, but in our view his column last week on Pandora seriously missed the mark.
Today, the musicFIRST Coalition announced that Representatives Steve Cohen, Ted Lieu, Adam Schiff, Judy Chu, and Alan Grayson support the “Fair Play Fair Pay Act” and have cosponsored the bill.
Ms. Pallante singled out the lack of an AM/FM performance right as especially "indefensible" and "embarrassing." "We are out of step with the rest of the world" and this punishes US artists who don't get paid for their international airplay because America refuses to reciprocate, leaving $100 million in annual royalties stranded overseas. "We are just on the wrong side," Ms. Pallante explained.
"The supposedly new 'mic' coalition looks like little more than some of the world's biggest and wealthiest corporations — and the trade associations they fund — hiding behind a new website and a gauzy mission statement as they continue their campaign to deny fair pay to working musicians, to stiff artists on AM/FM radio, and to ignore the pleas of elderly performers seeking their due.