What is the RESPECT Act?

The RESPECT Act is an anagram for Respecting Senior Performers as Essential Cultural Treasures Act. Legislation introduced by Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and George Holding (R-N.C.) that would require digital radio services such as Sirius and Pandora to pay royalties to classic artists whose music was recorded before 1972. Read more in this Huffington Post

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US Justice Department to Review Performance Rights Licensing

The New York Times reported that the Justice Department will begin to review the nearly 75-year-old regulations that govern the licensing practices of ASCAP & BMI. These performing rights organizations claim “their ability to collect fair rates for their music in the digital age is undermined by the government’s regulatory agreements, known as consent decrees….According

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