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Congress tries again to force radio broadcasters in the US to pay to play


  • The US is unique in the industrialized world for not having a radio broadcast performance right for producers and performers. However, despite the anomaly, the US is the biggest country for performance rights, with distributions from collective management organization SoundExchange last year exceeding $950m.

Features and Benefits

  • Explains the situation in the US with regards to radio performance rights.
  • Examines previous attempts to enact performance rights legislation and evaluates the likely success this time around.

Key questions answered

  • What is the AM-FM Act hoping to achieve?
  • Why have other attempts to enact performance rights legislation failed?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Contrasting performance for recorded music and publishing
  • Latest attempt draws usual backers and dissenters
  • Rights holders and radio go head to head, again


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