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Broadcasters to Congress: “We Want Consent”
Music Creators to Congress: “What They Said”

21 November 2019

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) are on Capitol Hill aggressively lobbying lawmakers to oppose reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA) because they want the ability to conduct private, market-driven negotiations for retransmission consent. As they do so, the NAB is unwittingly making the case for Congressional passage of the Ask Musicians for Music (AM/FM) Act of 2019.

The Issue


Music Creators on the AM/FM Act

Preserving Consent

The NAB wants satellite, cable and other TV providers to obtain broadcasters’ permission before using their programming.

Music creators want to require AM/FM broadcasters to obtain permission before using their recordings on air.

Receiving Fair Payment

The NAB wants broadcasters to be paid fairly when third parties use their programming.

Music creators want to be paid fairly when terrestrial radio uses their recordings on air.

Music creators receive nothing when their recordings are broadcast on terrestrial radio. At least with STELA, broadcasters get some money when satellite uses their content. Music creators simply want to negotiate fair market rates for the use of theirs.

Conducting Market-based negotiations

The NAB wants Congress to allow broadcasters and pay-tv operators to conduct private, market-driven negotiations for retransmission content.

Music creators want the ability to conduct private, market-driven negotiations for the use of their content.

While music creators could negotiate rates with large broadcasters before they can air their recordings, this legislation protects small, public, college, and other non-commercial stations.

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