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Executive Push for Performance Tax

The U.S. Department of Commerce publicized a green paper this week that embraced new performance royalties burdening broadcasters. In its report on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy, the Commerce Department’s Internet Policy Task Force called on “Congress to better rationalize the public performance right for sound recordings. We reiterate the Administration’s support for extending the right to cover broadcasting…”

NRB will continue to vigorously oppose a performance tax on broadcasters. Last week, Dr. Frank Wright, President & CEO of NRB, re-iterated, “Performance tax legislation would be a crushing blow to many Christian radio stations… such legislation is fundamentally flawed as it rests on the faulty premise that all the value in radio airplay of music flows to broadcasters – an assumption refuted by reason and experience.” NRB supports a bipartisan bill, the Local Radio Freedom Act (H.Con.Res.16/S.Con.Res.6), which opposes a performance tax and is supported already by 143 Representatives and 11 Senators.

  • Find the Commerce Department’s full green paper
  • Read the NRB Board of Directors 2013 Resolution against a performance tax. 

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: August 2, 2013

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