Statement from musicFIRST Executive Director Chris Israel on Introduction of Pre-72 Legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives
Posted on 7/19/2017

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
Posted on 6/7/2017


“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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Music Artists Around the Globe Unite to Defend Artists' Rights
Posted on 5/17/2017

The musicFIRST Coalition today applauded the endorsement of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act by the International Artists Organization for Music (IAO), a non-profit association advocating for the protection of artists’ intellectual property and the fair value of their work across the globe. 

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Congress Shows Music Creators Some Love
Posted on 4/27/2017

We don’t see a lot of bipartisanship coming out of Washington, D.C. these days, but when it does happen, we know it’s because an issue truly matters. Over the past two weeks, members from both parties have come together to show their support for music creators and the hard work that they do.

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Statement from musicFIRST Executive Director Chris Israel on Introduction of the PROMOTE Act in the U.S. House of Representatives
Posted on 4/6/2017

"While the platforms available to U.S. music fans are more innovative and diverse than ever, America’s copyright system is struggling to keep up. Music creators rightly expect to be fairly compensated for their work, regardless of whether their songs are played on satellite radio services like Sirius XM, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube or AM/FM radio. Unfortunately, this is not always the case."

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RT @a2im: #A2IM pens rebuttal to #YouTube Lyor Cohen’s piece, addressing the #ValueGap and how they need to do better https://t.co/pnhJuJ2pM4 @Variety
RT @RIAA: BREAKING: New blog from our CEO on @Medium: Five Stubborn Truths About YouTube and the Value Gap https://t.co/m6u3QjuE8b
As @Forbes asks who doesn’t pay for music, remember #BigRadio refuses to compensate music creators for their work: https://t.co/DWg6x5mHgf