Anti-Royalties Resolution Adds Co-Sponsors

WASHINGTON — November 13, 2007: With a bill by Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) to impose a performance royalty on broadcasters expected to be introduced soon, a resolution opposing a royalty is adding co-sponsors.

House Concurrent Resolution 24, introduced last month by Reps. Gene Green (D-TX) and Mike Conaway (R-TX), reads, “Congress should not impose any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge relating to the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station for broadcasting sound recordings over the air, or on any business for such public performance of sound recordings.”

The resolution was introduced with 51 co-sponsors aside from Green and Conaway, and 26 more have since signed on, bringing the total to 79 — 47 Republicans and 32 Democrats.

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