Big Music Attempts to Seize Satellite Radio

“A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation that would require satellite radio companies to compensate the music industry for downloads, industry and congressional sources said.

“The PERFORM Act, or the Platform Equality and Remedies for Rights Holders in Music Act of 2006, would require satellite, cable and Internet broadcasters to pay fair market value for the performance of digital music. The bill also would require the use of readily available and cost-effective technological means to prevent music theft.

“The legislation, by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and majority leader Bill Frist (R-TN), is aimed at compensating copyright holders as satellite radio services become distribution services.”

Brooks Boliek. Hill Aims Bill at Sat Downloads. April 26, 2006.

See also:

The Patry Copyright Blog. The PERFORM Act. April 26, 2006.

U.S. Senate, Committee on the Judiciary. Parity, Platforms, and Protection: The Future of the Music Industry in the Digital Radio Revolution. April 26, 2006.

Freedom to Tinker. U.S. Copyright May Get Harsher and Broader. April 25, 2006.

CopyCense™: K. Matthew Dames on the law, business, and technology of digital content. A business venture of Seso Digital LLC.

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05/01/2006 at 08:53

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