Any single track of recorded music consists of 2 copyrights.
There is a copyright in the written words and music (the “musical composition”), which is typically held by the songwriter or their publisher.
There is a copyright in any recording of the composition (the “sound recording”), which is typically held by the performing artist or their label.
What the Performance Rights Act is proposing is that the owners of the sound recording start receiving payment for the use of their art. Prior to 1995 performers could not receive ANY remuneration for their art, then Sound Exchange started collecting for Internet radio, Satellite radio and Cable radio plays and artists who had not seen any money in years from their publishers or labels started seeing renewed checks.
We are now talking about paying recording artist direct for their contributions to the BILLIONS of dollars in revenue radio stations have all ready collected.
This is not the end of Black radio.
This is not the end of free on air time for non-profit organizations.
This is not the reason for firing announcers and other radio station people.
This is a call for station owners to become more attuned to their community needs, develop consistent sales programs that develop better usage of their staffs, stop doing business the way it was done years ago and step into the future. I find it really strange that the people speaking out the most against the Performance Act either work for a major radio network or have refused to embrace the new technological changes now available for supplementary revenue formation.
Interestingly enough radio stations outside of the United States have been paying publishing fees AND performance fees for years and it has grown there business.