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RIAA Praises Bill to Change Copyright Law for Satcasters

RIAA Praises Bill to Change Copyright Law for Satcasters

The Recording Industry Association of America praised a bill introduced into Congress that the group says would reform copyright laws to adjust rate setting and content protection for satellite radio to match those of Internet music services. Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. and Bill Frist, R-Tenn. introduced the measure.
The record industry believes that the satellite radio companies should pay higher music licensee fees than they currently pay because the new satellite radio portables on the market that receive XM and Sirius allow subscribers to store and record material in their own order, not the order in which the music originally aired.
There is a critical need for the government to harmonize the current protections and rate regimes that make for the haphazard patchwork covering digital music services today, said RIAA Chairman/CEO Mitch Bainwol.
Because terrestrial radio is not covered by the government license or this legislation, private market negotiations on measures to similarly protect high-definition HD Radio are in progress, said the organization.