A raft of artists across the musical spectrum including the Beatles, members of the Beach Boys and the estates of Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding are rallying behind a new campaign called Project 72, which aims to require digital radio services to pay equally for all recordings they stream.
Currently, Sirius XM and
While that remains an issue that is being explored on various fronts, the Project 72 campaign and a companion bill in the
That's the nonprofit performing rights organization empowered by the Copyright Royalty Board to collect statutory royalties and distribute them to artists and record companies for recordings used on satellite and Internet radio, cable TV and streaming music services.
The bill would amend the statutory license to require those services to pay the same for pre-1972 recordings as they do for those made more recently in terms of royalty payments.
Dubbed the RESPECT Act, the proposal is co-sponsored by Rep.
"It's part of the broader debate about all these copyright issues," Huppe said. "All those issues are urgent, but there's a different kind of urgency to this. There are living, breathing icons of our musical heritage who are not getting paid for the use of their music."
The issue most directly affects "heritage acts" that came up in the 1950s, '60s and early '70s, but younger artists also have come aboard in support of many of their musical influences.
SoundExchange has assembled a list of nearly 80 names of musicians who are supporting the bill and the Project 72 campaign. Those names are attached to an advertisement appearing in