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CCAGW Leads Coalition Supporting H.R. 4130, the American Music Fairness Act

Letters to Officials

June 8, 2022
House Judiciary Committee
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Committee Member,

You will soon be considering H.R. 4130, the American Music Fairness Act.  On behalf of the millions of members of the undersigned groups, we strongly encourage you to support this legislation to address inequities in copyright royalties for recorded performances of music.

Intellectual property (IP) rights are protected by the Constitution, in Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, which specifically delegates to Congress the authority to protect creative works and the rights of its creators.  As such, owners of IP should receive fair compensation for their work product. 

When a given work is transmitted, common sense and basic fairness dictate that the medium of transmission should not affect the existence of these rights.  Yet, under the current regime, copyright owners of sound recordings do not hold effective or enforceable rights to their creative product when it is distributed through terrestrial radio.  Existing law has created a disparate system for music royalty payments, giving terrestrial broadcast radio stations the right to broadcast these creative works without appropriate compensation, even though such compensation is provided by other broadcast media, including satellite radio and digital streaming services. 

H.R. 4130 addresses this inequity by treating terrestrial broadcast the same as other transmissions, including satellite or digital streaming formats, while providing small terrestrial broadcast stations incremental financial adjustments for royalty payments based on the general revenues earned by the station’s operator.  This balanced approach to providing appropriate reimbursement for music played on terrestrial radio is long overdue.

For these reasons, we strongly urge you to support H.R. 4130, the American Music Fairness Act.  It provides a fair solution to protecting the copyright ownership of creative performers whose works are played by terrestrial radio.


Thomas A. Schatz 
President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste 

David Williams 
President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance 

Jeffrey Mazzella 
President, Center for Individual Freedom 

Phil Kerpen 
President, American Commitment 

Daniel Schneider 
Executive Vice President, American Conservative Union 

Gerard Scimeca 
Chairman, Consumer Action for a Strong Economy 

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Letter Type: 
Coalition Letters