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Free Market Royalty Act


by Andrea L. Calvaruso

The Free Market Royalty Act was introduced September 30, 2013 by Rep. Mel Watt, which would create a "one-stop" license for all non-interactive broadcasters -- both broadcast and digital -- and enable parties to individually negotiate direct deals. It effectively takes the infrastructure created around the digital performance right -- namely SoundExchange -- and extends it to a broader performance right.  We will keep an eye on developments.