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Statement Lauding Introduction of Fair Play Fair Pay Act

30 March 2017

Washington, D.C. (March 30, 2017) – musicFIRST Executive Director Chris Israel issued the following statement on today’s introduction by Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-New York), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), John Conyers (D-Michigan), Darrell Issa (R-California), Ted Deutch (D-Florida), and Tom Rooney (R-Florida) of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act:

“We applaud Reps. Nadler, Blackburn, Conyers, Issa, Deutch and Rooney’s bipartisan introduction of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, an important bill that protects the rights of music creators and benefits the consumers who listen to their songs. Thanks to their leadership we are one step closer to fixing the deeply-flawed system that fails to justly compensate American artists for their hard work.

“This bipartisan legislation, together with recent developments that demonstrate strong support for the performance rights of artists, shows clear momentum for reaching a solution to copyright reform that establishes free market pay for all music creators and technology-neutral rules for music services. The musicFIRST coalition looks forward to engaging with Congress in support of this legislation and on other efforts to level the playing field for artists across music platforms.”

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