Mel Watt

  1. Pandora Stops Internet Radio Fairness Act Legislation Efforts, To Focus on CRB (From the Magazine)

    November 25, 2013 4:59 PM EST THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN BILLBOARD MAGAZINE GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE – SUBSCRIBE TO BILLBOARD HERE – IPAD EDITION Pandora has given up its efforts to seek legislation that would help reduce the royalties paid to rights holders, a source k ...

  2. SoundExchange Distributes Record $153 Million in Q3, Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

    October 04, 2013 4:48 PM EDT SoundExchange set another record for distributions in the third quarter, sending $153.7 million to record labels and artists in the third quarter. The figure was 25.5% greater than the same period last year and 74.7% above the $88 million dist ...

  3. Guest Post: Meet the Free Market Royalty Act, an Elegant Solution to Some Complex Issues

    October 01, 2013 12:43 PM EDT Representative Mel Watt (D-NC-12) has introduced the Free Market Royalty Act (H.R. 3219), one of the most intriguing royalty proposals in years. The bill accomplishes two principal goals: Watt starts the process of getting the government out of ...

  4. Rep. Mel Watt Introduces Performance Right Legislation

    September 30, 2013 2:25 PM EDT Rep. Mel Watt has introduced legislation that would create a performance right for sound recordings at broadcast radio and create a new revenue stream for record labels and artists. The Free Market Royalty Act, introduced Monday morning, would ...

  5. Rep. Mel Watt To Introduce Broadcast Radio Performance Rights Bill To Compensate Labels, Artists For Airplay

    July 26, 2013 2:39 PM EDT Rep. Mel Watt plans to introduce legislation that will establish a performance right that would compensate record labels and artists for airplay on broadcast radio. Watt made the announcement on Thursday during the latest hearing on copyright is ...

  6. Songwriter Organizations Pen Letter to Congress Opposing Internet Radio Fairness Act

    November 28, 2012 9:32 PM EST In conjunction with the House Intellectual Property Subcommittee hearing on music licensing reform held Wednesday, four songwriter organizations collectively wrote a letter to Congress opposing the Internet Radio Fairness Act. Radio Broadcasters G ...

  7. Music Publishers, Congressmen Send Letter Protesting Internet Radio Fairness Act

    November 16, 2012 4:48 PM EST While Congress gets ready to consider the Internet Radio Fairness Act of 2012 later this month, which some say is designed to lower pureplay webcasters royalty rates to record labels, the National Music Publishers' Assn. and other songwriter ...

  8. NMPA's David Israelite To Congress: A More Efficient Mechanical Licensing System

    June 13, 2012 9:31 PM EDT National Music Publishers Assn. (NMPA) president/CEO David Israelite called for the U.S. Congress to fix section 115 of the U.S. Copyright Act so the industry can construct a more efficient mechanical licensing system during the organization' ...