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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.