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World IP Day: Get Up, Stand Up. For Music.

April 23, 2015

RIAA CEO Cary Sherman On the "Universal Language" of Music For World IP Day
 
As we celebrate the important power of music ahead of this Sunday's World IP Day, RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman – himself a musician – reflects on how music drives culture, the personal impact it has had on his life, and music’s broad appeal in a short video produced for the World Intellectual Property Organization.

 

“It’s such a universal language…I don’t know anybody who doesn’t like music.”
 
In the video Sherman speaks about the importance of copyright to livelihoods of music creators.
 
“When people create music, it’s a job. And they need to be able to get paid for it, they need to be able to support their family, they need to be able to send their kids to school. It’s a form of property that needs to be protected – that’s what copyright is.”
 
In between playing a medley of songs on the piano, Sherman also offers his take on ‘mood music’ and the unique ability of a song to capture or inspire a feeling.
 
“It’s about having something that is this force that you can use any time you want to lift you up or inspire you or change your mood, or affect social change. Music drives our culture.”
 
We hope that during this ‘musical’ World IP Day, you will join us and countless others across the globe to reflect on what music means to you and the special moments in your life where music played a unique role.
 
Happy World IP Day, this Sunday, April 26!


Opposing Broadcasters' Request To Weaken Programming Sponsorship Rules

April 14, 2015

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.

 

Vicky Sheckler
Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
RIAA


The Newly-Introduced "Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015"

April 13, 2015

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.