Oppose the Local Radio Freedom Act
Protect music and artists from Big Radio
The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) – H.Con.Res.13 // S.Con.Res.6 – is legislation that prioritizes “Big Radio” over music creators.
Artists deserve to be fairly compensated on whichever platform their music is played. Traditional radio deserves no advantage over satellite and streaming services, which provide greater access for consumers to a wider spectrum of music, including new artists. “Big Radio” had more than a 30% operating margin in 2015. They don’t need Congress making special rules to help them succeed.
The bill is a misnomer as 50% of revenue generated by radio in the U.S. is currently controlled by 10 companies and only a small percentage of songs played by “Big Radio” are new music. Thus, there is nothing local about LRFA. This legislation is a ploy by “Big Radio” to utilize big money and influence to protect their outdated subsidy that means they don’t have to play by the same rules as other music platforms.
There is nothing local about LRFA. This legislation is a ploy by “Big Radio” to utilize big money and influence to protect their outdated subsidy…
The U.S. stands alongside China, Iran and North Koreas as one of only a handful of countries that still fails to recognize a radio performance right for music creators. We’re lagging behind every other industrialized nation by failing to reform our copyright law leading to the U.S. economy missing out on $200 million a year in performance royalties that are owed to American artists from foreign radio stations that play their songs for profits overseas without repatriation.
The U.S. must join every other industrialized nation and make “Big Radio” operate in a free market like all their competitors.
Tell your elected official to support the Fair Pay Fair Play Act (H.R. 1836) to ensure music creators are fairly compensated for their work.