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Statement from musicFIRST Executive Director Chris Israel on Introduction of Pre-72 Legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives

Recordings made before the arbitrary date of February 15, 1972, are among the most popular and valuable in the world.  And yet, because of an anomaly in U.S. copyright law, the creators of those sound recordings have had to endure years of litigation simply for the right to be paid, and the litigation continues to this day.  It’s time for Congress to fix this injustice so legacy artists are paid when their music is used by digital radio

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Support Grows for Fair Play Fair Pay Act


“On behalf of music creators across the country, we applaud U.S. Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) and Darren Soto (D-Fla.) for defending artists’ rights for fair compensation no matter where their music is heard. 

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