Universal Music Group, the major recording company that belongs to Vivendi SA of France, spent $790,000 in the third quarter to lobby the federal government on a bill that would pay performers and labels for songs played over the radio, among other issues.

That's up from the $620,000 that Universal spent in the year-ago period, but less than the $840,000 it spent in the second quarter of 2010. Universal also lobbied the federal government about illegal song piracy over the Internet, according to the disclosure report filed on Oct. 20.

In the July-to-September period, the company lobbied Congress, the U.S. Trade Representative, the Commerce Department and other agencies, according to the report filed with the House clerk's office.