Category: Legislative Update

House Members Target Local Radio Stations with Bill to Impose Performance Royalties

Supporters of a performance right on radio airplay moved to change federal copyright law with the newly proposed American Music Freedom Act, which was introduced Thursday (6/24) by U.S. Reps Tef Deytch (D-FL) and Darrell Issa (R-CA). Details of the bill were still forthcoming, according to a report in InsideRadio, but like a previous attempt… read more

State Associations Ask FCC to Reconsider Regulatory Fees and Late Payment Penalties

Three state broadcast associations are fighting against proposed increases in annual regulatory fees on stations. The associations representing broadcasters in Colorado, Florida, and Puerto Rico are also pushing the Federal Communications Commission to rework the process for deciding whether an outlet qualifies for a financial hardship waiver.  And, in a separate filing, 50 state broadcast… read more

Webcasting Royalties Going Up – Copyright Royalty Board Releases Rates and Terms for 2021-2025

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) on Friday (6/11) released the rates and terms for webcasting royalties for 2021-2025, and the rates are going up.  While the full decision explaining the reasoning for the rate increases will not be released to the public until the parties to the case have… read more

FCC Implements Supreme Court Order Reinstating 2017 Ownership Rule Changes, and Asks for Updating of Record of 2018 Quadrennial Review

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The Newspaper Broadcast Cross-Ownership Rule is Finally Dead – And More Ownership Rule Changes – Including for Radio – Are to be Considered Last Friday, the FCC took two actions on broadcast ownership resulting from the recent Supreme Court decision (about which we wrote here) upholding changes to the ownership rules that the… read more

Promos Available for Vaccine Town Hall Broadcast

Editor’s note:  This program and associated promotional spots is available for television and radio stations on the MAB website.  You’ll find links on the home page.  Radio and television stations throughout Michigan are setting aside competition and joining with other local broadcasters in their markets to air a special 30-minute noncommercial program entitled “Vaccine Town… read more

Broadcasters Pledge Support for Vaccine Awareness National Month of Action Beginning June 4

Editor’s note:  Your MAB has made a state-wide Vaccination Town Hall available to television and radio stations in the state.  More here. As founding members of the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 Community Corps, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is urging all local radio and television stations to help kick off a National Month of Action… read more