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Rep. Nadler Takes Top Democrat Slot on Key Judiciary Panel

Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) this week secured the top Democrat slot on the Courts, Intellectual Property, and Internet Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Ranking Democrat on this important subcommittee,” he said in a release. “The subcommittee has begun the first comprehensive review of our nation’s copyright laws since 1976… We will seek to strike the right balance between how artists, authors, musicians, photographers and other content creators are compensated for their work with the desire of technology companies to provide new and innovative ways for consumers to access this content like never before.”

Ranking Member Nadler takes the spot of former Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC), who left Congress to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency.  Like Mr. Watt, Congressman Nadler has been a proponent of performance tax legislation. In the last Congress, responding to draft legislation by Rep. Nadler that would institute a de facto performance tax on broadcasters by inflating the fees for their online streaming, NRB declared that such an approach would be a “crushing blow to many Christian radio stations” and 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 continues to carefully monitor these royalty debates in Congress.

Notably, Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) will be taking over Rep. Nadler’s former post as top Democrat on the Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: January 31, 2014

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