New Legislation Would Make Radio Stations Pay Royalties to Performers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is supporting
legislation to make radio stations pay royalties to performers when
they play their music.

The Commerce Department's general counsel says the bill would
"provide a level playing field for all broadcasters."

That counsel, Cameron Kerry, made the comments in a letter sent
Thursday to Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat who chairs the
Senate Judiciary Committee.

Satellite radio, Internet radio and cable TV music channels
already pay fees to performers and songwriters. However, AM and FM
radio stations pay royalties only to the songwriters - not the

The National Association of Broadcasters opposes the proposal,
saying it threatens thousands of radio jobs.

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