Our music, movies, television shows, and books are enjoyed across the globe and support millions of jobs here in the United States. Musical performers, songwriters, producers, and others in the music industry rely on copyright laws to protect and maintain control of their work. Copyright laws require music-licensing agreements for the use of songwriters and recording artists’ work and ensure creators are paid the royalties they have legally earned. Protecting intellectual property is critical to encouraging innovation and creative work and creating good jobs in Michigan and across the country.
On November 21, 2019, Senator Marsha Blackburn introduced the AM FM Act. This bill would require all radio services to pay musicians fair market value for the music they play on their airwaves. Currently, terrestrial radio broadcasters are not required to pay per song play, unlike digital audio platforms, like internet radio. The AM FM Act was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Although I do not serve on this Committee, please be assured I will keep your views in mind should this bill come for a vote on the Senate floor.
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Gary C. Peters
United States Senator
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