Support the Fair Play Fair Pay Act
Restore fairness to music
The Fair Play Fair Pay Act (FPFP) establishes free market pay for all music creators and creates fair, technology-neutral rules for music services.
- Equality Across Platforms
- The radio market today is distorted by illogical government subsidies and preferences. Satellite radio benefits from an unfair government-mandated below market royalty rate for the music that it plays. Federal law props up AM/FM radio’s lack of innovation by exempting it entirely from paying artists for their performances. These preferential exemptions and rates should be replaced with true platform parity to end policies that amount to government-coerced takings from music creators.
- This bill will level the playing field between technologies and end the government’s practice of picking winners and losers by propping up obsolete services and powerful incumbents.
- End the Satellite Giveaway
- The bill would end satellite radio’s special, grandfathered, below market rate and apply the free market “willing buyer, willing seller” standard across the board. We also support moving the 115 license (mechanical right) to this standard.
- A Level Playing Field
- Radio stations (AM/FM and satellite) would pay performance royalties for all the music they air, under the same rate standard (“willing buyer, willing seller”) that governs internet radio today. This would close the loophole that allows stations to have a free ride on terrestrial radio on the backs of artists and record companies. This free ride is also being exploited by radio in the digital space, giving it an unfair advantage over digital competitors.
- Real Protection For Small, Local Stations
- Local AM/FM stations with annual revenues below one million dollars would pay just $500 a year, covering all the music they can play for little more than a dollar a day. Public, college and other noncommercial stations would pay only $100 a year. Religious radio, talk radio and incidental uses of music would not pay any royalties at all.
- No Payment Required for Bars and Restaurants
- Under current law, bars and restaurants are exempt from paying performance royalties to copyright owners and musicians (they do pay songwriters and publishers). This bill would not require any new payments by bars and restaurants.
- Boosting the U.S. Economy
- Alongside China, Iran, and North Korea, we are one of only a handful of countries that don’t pay performers when their music is played over AM/FM radio. Unfortunately, because we refuse to reciprocate, music creators in the United States are denied performance royalties for their international airplay. That is a loss for performers that is estimated to cost the United States economy $200 million or more a year.
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.