The Performance Rights Act (PRA) has been a frequent topic here on the Radio 2020 blog ever since its inception, and with good reason. The legislation as it stands could have massive negative repercussions for the radio industry at all levels. Among other things, the new royalty structure will almost certainly result in the labels revisiting their contracts with artists if it passes — not something many have considered. This is only one of many ramifications that will rear their ugly heads if the PRA gets passed.
Let’s take a quick trip in a time machine and revisit my prior postings on the subject. For the benefit of our readers, here is a nice array of data on the subject. These posts range from October 2009 to the present and are presented oldest to newest in this list.
- Reps. Conaway and Green: Champions of Radio – There are some great pieces of data in here from a study on radio listenership as well as a quick rundown on some of the political players getting involved in the decision.
- Local Radio Freeedom Act: You’ve Got Mail! – A letter to the Senate Majority and Minority leaders supporting radio by Sens. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and John Barrasso (R-WY), co-sponsors of the Senate version of the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA)
- The Performance Rights Act: Endangering Diversity -The Media Institute, a nonprofit research foundation focusing on communications-oriented policy issues, has released a report in which they set forth their opposition to the Performance Rights Act (PRA).
- Stop The Radio Tax! – In which I catalogue the online resources made available by our sponsors over at the NAB. There are some good tools, including efforts on Twitter and Facebook.
- Nashville and the Performance Rights Act – Whit Adamson, President of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters, addressed the issue of the PRA in an open letter in The Tennessean.
- Local Radio Freedom Act vs. Performance Rights Act – A quick breakdown of the Local Radio Freedom Act that I wrote at the time of its introduction.
- Additional Royalties: Still Unjustified – In which I take a look at the impact the PRA will have on up and coming artists as opposed to established ones.
- Of Pigs and Pizza: RIAA Resorts to College Pranks – An 18-foot inflatable pig is a valid argument? Is this Animal House or legislation?
- Chris Brown Sings the No Airplay Blues – As the RIAA decries the validity of radio’s promotional value, recording artist Chris Brown records an online audio plea to his fans to call radio stations and ask for his songs.
- Views and News: The Performance Rights Act – A collection of comments against the PRA made by unsigned artists, radio stations, and politicians.
- Performance Rights Act Gets Support From White House – A disappointing stance on our President’s part.
- Wonkette Sounds Off On Performance Rights Act – The famous liberal blogger sounds off on Nancy Pelosi for supporting the PRA.
- The Performance Rights Act: NAB CEO Gordon Smith Speaks Out – As Gordon Smith takes the helm at the National Assocation of Broadcasters, he offers his refutation of the PRA in The Washington Post.
- Thank You, Ben Nelson! – Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson, who chairs the Legislative Subcommittee (which oversees the Copyright Royalty Board), states his opposition to the PRA.
- Trae tha Truth: NO Airplay? I’m Suing! – Another performing artist who finds airplay to be important. Important enough to sue Radio One for not giving him any.
- Performance Rights Act: Civil Rights Leaders Weigh In – Opponents of the PRA include civil rights luminaries such as the Rev. Al Sharpton, Dick Gregory, and Tom Joyner. In addition, 15 members of the Congressional Black Caucus have also expressed their concerns, including Elijah Cummings, Danny Davis, Al Green, John Lewis, Charlie Rangel, and Bobby Rush.
- Black Radio and The Performance Rights Act – In which I look at where Elliot Millner of BlackVoices and I agree about the PRA.
- Performance Rights Act, A New Wrinkle – In which I offer commentary on the ripple effect of this legislation, particularly the renegotiating of artists contracts that I spoke of in my opening.
The Performance Rights Act is a very serious issue and it could still go one way or the other, so please educate yourself on the subject. Make an informed decision and let your Representative know your views!