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Support Reaches Majority Against Airplay Royalites


The Local Radio Freedom Act has reached a majority in the House with 219 members supporting the non-binding anti-royalties resolution, which counters the Performance Rights Act, a bill aimed at levying royalties on local radio for airplay. Some 27 Houses member have signed on tohe the LRFA since mid-May.

On Tuesday, Judiciary Committee chair and Performance Rights Act sponsor John Conyers (D-MI) hosted a town hall meeting in Detroit where recording artists and radio both attemped to make their case.

"Today's milestone stands as a testament to the tireless efforts of NAB staff, our state association partners, and grassroots efforts of stations across America," said NAB Radio Board Chairman Steve Newberry. "But this fight on behalf of 235 million weekly listeners is far from over. Our continued success is dependent on radio broadcasters remaining engaged in building additional support in Congress, and in reminding lawmakers of radio's unparalleled promotional value for both record labels and artists."

Even though the The Local Radio Freedom Act is non-binding, it may discourage supporters for airplay royalties to push back a vote in the full House.

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