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Portnow Says Radio Must Pay


On Capital Hill Tuesday, as the first witness before the House Judiciary Committee on the topic of Music Licensing, Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow used a good portion of his time to attack the radio industry. Portnow said, "Terrestrial radio is the only industry in America that’s built on using another’s intellectual property without permission or compensation." Portnow said, "AM/FM terrestrial radio broadcasters continue to deny musicians any right whatsoever to performance royalties for the use of their music, which radio giants use to make billions in annual advertising revenue."

(6/11/2014 8:05:05 PM)
Wait a minute. Radio stations play your artists, and sell millions of downloads for you. I don't know many businesses like radio that promote a product, and get to keep none of the proceeds. I think it is the other way around in the free market system.

- Small market radio
(6/11/2014 12:54:08 PM)
Mr Portnow's snow job comments to the House Judiciary Committee is twisted with mistruths, half truths, and no truths.
His no truth "Terrestrial.."
statement hides the real truth:
"The recording industry is the only industry in America that's built on using anothers' physical properties (the publics airwaves)(local AM & FM Radio) without paying compensation, and with the artists and record labels full permission to expose, promote, advertise, and market them, without charge to them.

- Tony Coloff
(6/11/2014 11:18:41 AM)
Portnow said: "Terrestrial radio is the only industry in America that’s built on using another’s intellectual property without permission..."

Really? Have you ever known a musician or a label to contact a station and tell them to stop playing their music? Really?

- Scott Gilbert
(6/11/2014 9:14:07 AM)
Fine. You want radio to pay to play. Let's drop the payola rules. You labels get pay for adds. Want that rotation increased. Be glad to send you a rate card. Quid pro quo.

- Rick Peters

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