“The status quo is ‘indefensible’.”  Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante testified at a recent subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee that Congress has studied the issue of musicians’ performance rights long enough http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/113th/03202013/Pallante%20032013.pdf

The U.S. is ‘alone in the world’ in denying performance royalties Register Pallante explained and it’s indefensible. Subcommittee Ranking Member Mel Watt (NC-12) also questioned the lack of a performance right: ‘It’s time, and the time is long overdue, for Congress to recognize a performance right in sound recordings. To do so requires no further study. To not do so just prolongs this long standing inequity and keeps us out of pace with the international community

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