Mitch Glazier, Chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), today issued the following statement regarding the introduction of the Ask Musicians for Music Act of 2019 (the “AM/FM Act”) by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN):
“We applaud Chairman Nadler and Senator Blackburn for their leadership in introducing bipartisan, bicameral legislation to ensure creators receive fair market value for their music on all platforms. By requiring broadcasters to get permission from music creators to use their music in the same way broadcasters are entitled to give permission for the use of their signal – the AM/FM Act addresses inequities in law that should be fixed.
“Introducing the AM/FM Act on the same day the House Judiciary Committee marked up the Satellite Television Community Protection and Promotion Act of 2019 (the “STCPP Act”) underscores a core principle: both broadcasters and creators deserve the same rights when it comes to the use of their property. The current state of the law granting broadcasters that right while denying it to creators is unjust and skews the market. We look forward to working with Chairman Nadler, Senator Blackburn and the entire music community to pass this bill.”