Radio Broadcasters Get an Earful at Internet Radio Fairness Hearing

From Billboard:

In a Congressional hearing that was supposed to be about Internet radio royalties, lawmakers and speakers instead spent a good portion of their time taking aim at the National Broadcasters Association for not having to pay performance royalties to artists (although the Internet-radio companies supposedly at the center of the debate took plenty of lumps as well).

Over the two-and-a-half-hour hearing before a Congressional Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet, NAB representative Bruce T. Reese found himself under heavy fire from those who took issue with broadcast radio’s exemption from having to pay sound recording royalties. (Radio companies do, however, pay musical composition royalties.)

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