Step by step, the American Music Fairness Act is working its way through the US legislative system. The bill would introduce sound-recording performance royalties for music played by terrestrial radio stations, the lack of which has long been a bugbear for the music industry. Yesterday, the act was approved by the House Judiciary Committee, which means it will now move on to the next step: consideration by the House of Representatives. A separate version of the bill was introduced in the US Senate earlier this year. House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler introduced yesterday’s proceedings with a resounding endorsement of the legislation. “Imagine a profession in which you put in countless hours to create a product that is appreciated by millions of people, but while major companies can generate significant profits distributing your product, those companies pay you absolutely nothing for your efforts,” he said. “American artists have been denied the fair compensation they are due when terrestrial radio uses their creative work. It is time for this fundamental unfairness finally to be fixed.”

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