Frank Sinatra earned the moniker "Chairman of the Board" because he stood up for what he believed. That included the rights of music creators, so much so that on December 12, 1988 -- 30 years ago today -- he called on fellow artists to join him in a collective effort to get a broadcast performance right, requiring terrestrial radio to pay royalties to performers.
The CLASSICS Act does not address every inequity facing music creators , but it's an important step on the journey towards treating all creators fairly -- across all platforms. And it's progress. We urge Congress to move quickly and decisively to turn the unity package into law.
Several bills have been introduced in the 115th Congress that seek to fix problems with the way our laws treat music creators. Each bill is a step along the way, fitting into a larger vision of reform to repair our laws’ historical mistreatment of music creators.
In this exclusive op-ed with Billboard, Huppe reveals his support for the "Fair Pay for Fair Play" act unveiled last week by Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
SoundExchange president and CEO Michael Huppe addresses an issue impacting three of tonight's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honorees in Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt: copyright for pre-1972 sound recordings.