A more reasonable rate standard will encourage investment and growth in technologies like Internet radio that best meet the demands of the market. This will create jobs and provide more choices for music listeners and more opportunities for artists.
Furthermore, the affordable, accessible services provided by Internet radio have helped to protect musicians by discouraging illegal file-sharing, as music is readily and legally available on demand, with copyright payments made to the artists.
Congress enacted the royalty rate standard for Internet radio 14 years ago, when it was barely a concept and long before today’s prominent providers even existed. It’s well past time to correct the mistake and stop discriminating against Internet radio.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is a member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.