Tuesday 10 June 2008

Radio Royalty: The Sinatras

In 1988, Frank Sinatra pushed for legislation instituting a performance royalty, and his daughter is expected to do the same almost two decades later during a US congressional hearing on the Fair Performance Right on Radio legislation, according to the MusicFirst Coalition.

A number of musical performers plan to make their voices heard on Wednesday as well. Rock guitarist Dave Navarro, hip-hop groups Sugarhill Gang and Whodini, and pop singer Kristine W are among the artists in D.C. supporting the bill.

The Copyright Alliance, a broad-based copyright industry group, also is planning a push for the IP-PRO bill that sets up a "copyright czar" and is scheduled for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing June 17. For more on copyright czars click here and tsars here.

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