US Senate Judiciary Prioritises Performance Rights Bill04/06/2009 by William New, Intellectual Property Watch Leave a CommentShare this Story:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)IP-Watch is a non-profit independent news service, and depends on subscriptions. To access all of our content, please subscribe now. You may also offer additional support with your subscription, or donate.Draft legislation to change United States copyright law related to payment for music on radio is likely to see action this summer in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the committee chairman said Thursday. “We have many important matters awaiting us this summer,” Senator Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, told a committee executive business meeting. “We need to address the anomaly in copyright law that will be corrected by the bipartisan Performance Rights Act.”The bill would change US copyright law to require AM and FM radio to pay for music the same way webcasters, satellite radio providers and cable companies do (IPW, Copyright Policy, 23 February 2009, IPW, Copyright Policy, 12 June 2009).“Music has a wonderful friend in Senator Leahy,” said Jennifer Bendall, executive director of the musicFIRST Coalition. “AM and FM radio stations earn billions in ad revenue every year without compensating the artists, musicians and rights holder who bring music to life and listeners ears to the radio dial. We look forward to working with Senator Leahy, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers [D-Michigan] and our other supporters to enact a fair performance right on radio.”Also a priority this summer, Leahy said, will be an extension of the Satellite Home Viewer Act, which essentially created a compulsory licence and allowed satellite companies to provide “distant” TV stations outside the local market to eligible subscribers.In addition, the committee will consider the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, who has a history of working on IP-related cases.Leahy’s committee statement (unofficial version) is available here [doc].Share this Story:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)RelatedWilliam New may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org."US Senate Judiciary Prioritises Performance Rights Bill" by Intellectual Property Watch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.