The RAIN Newsletter is reporting that the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the Performance Rights Act.
The bill (S. 379) would require terrestrial broadcasters (AM/FM radio) to compensate owners of sound recording copyrights and performers for the music they play. The House Judiciary Committee approved the House version of the bill (H.R. 848) for a general vote in May.
While the respective versions of the bill would next go to floor of both chambers for a general vote, broadcasters, including the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) believe they have sufficient support to defeat it.