The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering a petition by several major radio broadcasters to weaken certain transparency requirements for the sponsorship of music and sports programming. We strongly oppose the broadcasters’ request and proposed alternative reporting framework for a variety of reasons, including:
• Failing to provide proper disclosure at time of relevant broadcasts provides less transparency to consumers and is not in the public interest.
• It obfuscates the broadcaster’s role in accepting payments, which can lead to unfair practices such as broadcasters demanding free artist labor or payment from record labels.
• Enhanced online disclosure is a helpful addition to disclosure but not a substitute for disclosure at the time of the relevant broadcast.
A copy of our filing with the FCC is available here.
Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Marsha Blackburn stood with members of the music community today in New York City to launch the “Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015,” bipartisan music licensing reform legislation they introduced along with several of their colleagues. Click through here to find our letter to Congressmen Nadler and Blackburn that includes our thoughts on the bill.