AFL-CIO Support Performance Royalty

Says fees won't hurt stations
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The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations has thrown its support to the music labels, artists and performers seeking a performance right from the radio industry.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka asks lawmakers to support The Performance Rights Act. In a letter (PDF), he appeals to those members of Congress who have co-sponsored the National Association of Broadcasters' non-binding resolution opposing a radio performance right, disagreeing with broadcasters' claims that the additional fees for airplay of copyrighted songs would result in financial hardship for stations.

By NAB's count, the non-binding resolution opposing the royalty has 251 supporters in the House and 26 in the Senate, while the Performance Rights Act has 48 co-sponsors in the House and six in the Senate.