NAB said 53 members of the U.S. House are backing a bipartisan resolution opposing additional music royalty fees on radio.
The resolution was introduced by Reps. Gene Green, a Democrat, and Mike Conaway, a Republican, both from Texas, with 51 cosponsors.
“Congress should not impose any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge relating to the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station for broadcasting sound recordings over-the-air, or on any business for such public performance of sound recordings,” the proposed resolution states.
Of the resolution, Free Radio Alliance Spokesperson Cathy Rought said, “These members of Congress clearly understand the importance of local radio to their constituents. It’s just wrong for Congress now to step in on the side of one industry and impose a new congressionally mandated tax.”