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Performance Tax baked into new music licensing bill
-17 Texas congressman silent on measure

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Four members of Congress jointly introduced an omnibus music licensing bill this week that includes a Performance Tax on local radio stations and several other provisions that would drastically alter the commercial music landscape in the U.S. and likely force many music radio stations to change formats or go dark. The bipartisan effort served as the opening act for this week's "Grammys on the Hill" lobbying fly-in taking musicians and performers to advocate for the measure before Congress which is just returning from a two-week spring break. Reps. Jerry Nadler, D-NY; Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; John Conyers, D-Mich.; and Ted Deutch, D, Fla.; are claiming co-authorship of the measure which takes verbatim the text from the "Performance Rights Act" bill defeated six years ago.
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TAB legislative initiatives advance; restrictive photography bill pulled down
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
With less than seven weeks left in the regular legislative session, TAB's top newsroom legislative initiative, a bill to address a disastrous Texas Supreme Court ruling that hampers reporting third party allegations, passed out of Senate committee on Monday. The 2013 Neely v. Wilson court ruling set 20 years of case law on its ear and impedes the ability of journalists to conduct investigative reports based on third party allegations — even those made by a regulatory body. The Senate State Affairs Committee approved a committee substitute for SB 627 by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, in an 8-0 vote. The measure now moves to the Senate floor for consideration.
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FCC admonishes another TV station for 'kid vid' violation
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How misunderstandings about big numbers distort debate over songwriter digital music royalties
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