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AFL-CIO Support Performance Royalty

Says fees won't hurt stations

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.

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