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Doo Wop Singers to Imposters: & 'Enough!' - Doo Wop Controversy


Jon "Bowzer" Bauman
Chair, Truth in Music Committee
Vocal Group Hall of Fame

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A great day for Truth in Music!

The Marvelettes saga is over! A "settlement" has been reached which is not exactly a "settlement," but rather the result of a court opinion that made a trial an academic waste of time and money with a foregone conclusion. This one-sided "settlement" clears the way for Katherine Anderson Schaffner and the Estate of Gladys Horton to register the name "The Marvelettes" on the basis of their superior rights in relation to longtime claimant and impostor group purveyor Larry Marshak. Marshak can now politely call his "product" "A TRIBUTE TO THE MARVELETTES" all in the same size type font, or my favorite, "Larry Marshak's Tribute to The Marvelettes" in which case "Larry Marshak's Tribute" has to be at least 75% of the size of "Marvelettes." There is also some financial consideration involved. The end.

Congratulations to the excellent lawyers at Reed Smith New York who handled this case pro bono, most notably lead litigator Kerren Zinner and her associates Pamela Schoenberg and Andrew Messite. Great thanks also to our longtime friend Darren Cohen who pursued The Marvelettes' goal at the Patent and Trademark Office for Reed Smith until Marshak filed suit in federal court, and his colleague, the great Steven Getzoff, father of the wondrous musician The-O. It was Steve who first took note of the Truth in Music law when it passed in New York and pressed for Reed Smith to help, pro bono, with the Truth in Music movement. Our gratitude to all at Reed Smith is boundless. And, as always, words can't express my appreciation for the advice and dedication of my friend and cohort Robert Nathan.

A quick followup to my last e-mail--- the long-running show at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas has been shut down as a result of the preliminary injunction vs. the Larry Marshak "Platters" and continuing woes re his "Marvelettes."  Marshak has appealed the "Platters" decision, but the judge has vast discretion in granting an injunction and in our opinion it's unlikely she will be overturned.  The show could conceivably reopen somewhere, but only with "Tribute" billing, which makes it an entirely different entity.  There is at least preliminary reason to celebrate!!!

Simply put, we are winning!

 

Sun HerbCarl Book

 

July 27, 2012

TRUTH IN MUSIC is pleased to announce TWO recent major victories against impostor groups. In the Ninth Circuit, a series of decisions beginning with Reed v. Bennett have finally affirmed that Herb Reed was indeed the rightful owner of The Platters' mark, as well as "Herb Reed and The Platters" and "Herb Reed's Platters." As a result, the Ninth Circuit has begun to enjoin impostor groups using The Platters' name. Preliminary injunctions have been issued against the Larry Marshak group(s) and the Monroe Powell group. The "Wilson Williams and his Platters'" trademark registration has also been cancelled at the Patent and Trademark Office. The Marshak groups are required to be billed as "Larry Marshak's Tribute (or Salute) to The Platters" if they wish to perform at all.  Watch the show at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas or this alteration in billing, if in fact this show continues at all.  The public will no longer be deceived!

As I'm sure you all know, the great pioneer Herb Reed passed away in early June, but he had the satisfaction of knowing that he had won The Platters' name and that injunctions against the impostor groups were likely. His corporation, Herb Reed Enterprises, is able to continue his legacy and the legacy of The Platters with the proper quality control that the public deserves.  Superb work was done on this caseby Herb Reed's manager, Fred Balboni, and Herb's lawyer Eric Sommers, as well as local Nevada counsel John Krieger.  We at Truth in Music had always expressed confidence that an earlier unpublished Ninth Circuit opinion could be used to clarify the convoluted history of Platters' litigation, and in fact that was the case. After more than 50 years of litigation, the Platters' name has finally and clearly been returned to the person who named the group in 1953, and that is as it should be, in our opinion as well as the Court's!  It should also be noted that Sonny Turner, who replaced Tony Williams as The Platters' lead singer in 1960, still performs under his own name, Sonny Turner, Former Lead Singer of The Platters, and now has a fair and level playing field on which to market his substantial talents, a playing field no longer littered with phony "Platters" groups deceiving the public as to their legitimacy and undercutting the authentic performers' fees.  We anticipate that the preliminary injunctions described above will become permanent injunctions in due time.

The second significant development occurred in the Second Circuit with regard to The Marvelettes.  Judge Denise Cote has opined that the rights of original Marvelettes Katherine Anderson Schaffner and the estate of Gladys Horton are superior to those of Larry Marshak, which should ultimately end Marshak's decades-old attempt to usurp The Marvelettes' name.  Judge Cote wrote a sentence in her opinion that summarizes a central principle of our Truth in Music movement. She held that “a stranger  to the creation of goodwill associated with a mark could not develop common law rights in the mark for live performances where the original owner maintains rights in the mark to market musical recordings.” The Truth in Music movement is all about fighting these "strangers," outsiders trying to prey on and cash in on famous names whose goodwill they had done nothing to create.  Many conflicts in the world of musical groups can be defined as "internal disputes," and those are a very different matter in which no "strangers" are involved.  The Truth in Music Law which we have passed in 34 states is designed to rid the musical landscape of impostor groups, of "strangers," not to settle internal disputes between parties who may have legitimately contributed to the establishment of the goodwill of that group name.  Watch for significant changes likely to come soon in the status of The Marvelettes, as the excellent lawyers at Reed Smith New York, Kerren Zinner, Andrew Messite and Pamela Schoenberg, follow up on Judge Cote's decision.

As if these two tremendous developments weren't enough, there have also been some excellent responses recently from venues which had booked what we regard as impostor group shows.  Twin River in Rhode Island turned a show into  a "tribute" when the venue was not convinced the lineup in question could pass muster under Rhode Island's Truth in Music Law.  Efforts by our great ally, New Jersey Deejay Corky Warren, yielded similar results with regard to a municipal show in Camden, New Jersey. It's worth noting that Singer Management v. Milgram has now been concluded in favor of the NJ Attorney General's Office. This Third Circuit opinion upheld the constitutionality of the Truth in Music Law, and the NJ AG's office is now once again unencumbered in its efforts to enforce this law in response to  consumer complaints.

All in all, a remarkable period of progress for Truth in Music. We are succeeding in creating a fair and just environment for musical groups now and forever, in which impostors will be prevented from deceiving the public and the authentic performers will retain the legacy they worked so hard to create.

Jon "Bowzer" Bauman
Chair, Truth in Music Committee
Vocal Group Hall of Fame

 

The Federal Bill is fully sponsored and to be introduced in the Fall of 2009.

Progress for 2010 underway in Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Hawaii, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Iowa, West Virginia, Wyoming, & Washington DC.

IMPORTANT UPDATE - July 4th 2009


Hello, everyone, and thank you for your efforts in the Truth in Music movement. Our bill will soon be law in 33 states, and the federal bill is on the immediate horizon. Our bill is now on the Governor's desk in both New Hampshire, which could not have been done without Lynda Tocci and Paul Pezzella, which completes the entire northeast, and North Carolina, which recently had what is in our opinion three impostor group shows polluting its concert calendar. Thus the total of 33, this session having also added Utah, Washington, Oregon, and Oklahoma. I'd like to thank Rep. Greg Hughes of Utah, Sen. Karen Keiser of Washington, Sen. Floyd Prozanski of Oregon, Rep. Mike Thompson of Oklahoma, Sen. Jackie Cilley and Rep. Bob Perry of New Hampshire, and Sen. David Weinstein of North Carolina for sponsoring our bill and shepherding its passage. Thanks also to their able aides and other invaluable personnel in these states-- especially John Elder in Washington, Val Hoyle and Juliana Greenlaw in Oregon, A.J. Mallory in Oklahoma, Will Craig, Patrick Murphy, Majority Leader Maggie Hassan and Senate President Sylvia Larsen in New Hampshire, and Amy Fulk and Will Quick in North Carolina. Most special thanks to my friend Ty McCartney of Utah, who, along with the beloved Elaine Makas of Maine, is individually responsible for helping us find a record number of sponsors!

 

Other major news is last week's opinion of the Third Circuit in Marshak v. Treadwell, which upholds contempt of court judgements against those responsible for many of the impostor Drifters groups, and reverses the District Court in once again requiring an accounting of the profits from their impostor group performances. This will damage these perpetrators of some of the most egregious impostor group scams where it hurts them the most-- in the pocketbook! Many of these same players have also been enjoined from misusing the name "The Temptations" and held in contempt of federal court in the Ninth Circuit. Congratulations to Cindy Salvo for her outstanding legal work in Marshak v. Treadwell.

 

In the midst of this long legal battle, where it's easy to forget in all the minutiae what brought us here in the first place, I was gratified when Judge Fuentes of the Third Circuit reminded us of the special place of music in our collective consciousness. In the first paragraph of his opinion in Marshak v. Treadwell, Judge Fuentes wrote (of the underlying case):

 

"Judge Politan enjoined Marshak and his company from marketing The Drifters anywhere – not On Broadway, not Up On the Roof, and not Under the Boardwalk."

 

I couldn't have said it better myself!   It's been a great 2009 so far!!!

 

TRUTH IN MUSIC BILL ADVANCES

Dear Friends,

Here is a long overdue update on the excellent progress of the Truth in Music movement.

Perhaps the biggest news of all is the State of New Jersey’s huge win in the Third Circuit case, Singer Management v. Milgram. Some of the major promoters of what we believe to be impostor groups had sued the New Jersey Attorney General for attempting to enforce the state’s Truth in Music Law. Their main allegation was that the law was unconstitutional. Last week, Judge Dickinson Debevoise granted the State’s motion to have the case dismissed, thereby upholding the constitutionality of Truth in Music and insuring that we will not have to amend our language in any of the states we’ve passed. This also untied the hands of the NJ AG’s office and allowed them to take further action to enforce the law in the future. An upcoming show at the Atlantic City Hilton featuring what we believe to be impostor groups has been abruptly cancelled by either the hotel or the promoters!

There has been a bit of confusion about this court decision, created by a rather poorly researched article in the New Jersey Law Journal. This article completely misinterpreted Judge Debevoise’s opinion and in fact confused the impostor groups with the authentic artists. I’ve even had a couple of people contact me about the “major setback” they heard we had suffered, which was actually a major victory.

To clear up this confusion, I contacted the Editor-In-Chief of the NJ Law Journal, who was ultimately quite apologetic about the Journal’s misinterpretation of the opinion. He invited me to write a Letter To The Editor and promised to print it. It appears in this week’s edition of the New Journal Law Journal, and I reprint it here for all of you:

Dear Editor:

Respectfully, The Journal article about impostor musical groups, “Suit By Heirs to 1950s Musical Groups Moot as NJ Regulators Change Tune” is misleading from the headline on down. The proper headline would be: “Federal Court Grants NJ AG’s Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Truth in Music Statutes.”

This was entirely a win for the “regulators,” for the authentic artists who are inductees of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and (especially) for the concert-going public which deserves better than to be duped by impostors. In our opinion, the plaintiffs in this lawsuit have never legally established themselves to be the “Heirs” to any “1950’s Musical Groups” and the Truth in Music Law we have championed in over 30 states is precisely designed to force groups like these, with dubious legal provenance, to put their cards on the table in court and prove their rights. Indeed, the “Elsbeary Hobbs Drifters,”whose claims you repeat and therefore give credence in the longer Law.Com piece, have already been disposed of in two published opinions (see Marshak v. Treadwell (1999, DC NJ) 58F. Supp.2d 551, affd. (2001, 3d Cir.) 240 F.3d 184). What’s more, in 2007, the principals and affiliates of plaintiffs in the current case were found to be in willful contempt of that permanent injunction by the same Judge Debevoise who dismissed the current case!

More thorough research and analysis on your part might have revealed this (as well as the same plaintiffs' injunction and contempt citation by Judge Feess in the Ninth Circuit with regard to their misuse of the name "The Temptations.") Judge Debevoise’s assessment in his 2007 contempt opinion was that the plaintiffs were carrying on an “elaborate shell game,” which perhaps continued with the apparently meritless current lawsuit. In any case, the current decision concludes that the Truth in Music Law is constitutional as written, that it is consistent and can co-exist with the Lanham Act, and that this is no longer a Federal issue. The decision dismisses plaintiff's suit with prejudice, and the AG's supplemental jurisdiction counterclaim without prejudice, thereby authorizing the Attorney General’s office to proceed with investigation and prosecution of impostor groups under NJ's Truth in Music Law.

Just to make it a clean sweep, the plaintiffs also lost their concurrent motion for attorneys fees.

Jon "Bowzer" Bauman
Chair, Truth in Music Committee
Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation

And so, as Singer Management v. Milgram passes into history, our movement goes forward to pass the Truth in Music Law in more states. Now that the constitutionality of the Law has been upheld, we will begin the federal effort as well. This will be a good public relations vehicle to educate the public if nothing else. We’ve always been certain that the most effective enforcement will come at the state, not the federal, level.

Despite the dramatic downturn in the economy and consequent shortness of funds, we have several states in progress in the 2009 legislative session. We have already been signed into law in Utah and Washington and Oklahoma and our current state total is 30!

New Hampshire should be completed soon, and Kansas, Oregon and North Carolina are in progress. Georgia passed one chamber and will complete next year in its two-year session, as will New Mexico and Arkansas. And we are close to sponsorship in Louisiana, which has a very late session that is just beginning. I hope to have passed all 50 states by 2011, 2012 at the latest.

In other enforcement news, we still await the results of an investigation and a projected hearing at the Nevada Consumer Affairs Division with regard to a show at the Sahara Hotel.

This would potentially impact the names “Cornell Gunther’s Coasters”, “The Platters” and “The Marvelettes”. The Governor of the state of Nevada has now called for the dismantling of the Nevada Consumer Affairs Division, which has obviously impacted their investigation.

We have no idea what will happen there, but trust of course that the state of Nevada will ultimately enforce its consumer laws in the proper fashion. Many fans in Nevada are very concerned about the lineage of the groups at the Sahara.

On the whole, it’s clear that the Truth in Music movement has had substantial impact on solving the impostor group problem. Venues and even agents are doing much better due diligence as to whom they hire and promote. Even some of the most hardened and greedy agents are now hawking “Tribute” shows instead of pretending they’re selling the real thing. We estimate that the impostor group business is down about 90% since the beginning of our effort.

Please continue to alert us to any dubious shows that come to your attention, and I promise to keep you updated in a more timely fashion. This volunteer work is a daunting task in a down economy when one is trying to maintain one’s own business, but it’s well worth it!

Also, if you can think of ways to help The Vocal Group Hall of Fame itself with its efforts to annex or relocate, please contact Bob Crosby at Crosby@vocalgroup.org

Greaser: Bowzer today Jon "Bowzer" Bauman Chair,
Truth in Music Committee
Vocal Group Hall of Fame
Bowzer Newsweek  MSNBC.com

Truth and Doo-Wop
Can't tell a fake from the original? How one man's campaign against musical impostors might help.

By Jerry Adler

Newsweek.com

June 4, 2007 issue - Let us consider two great experiences of Western culture. One is viewing "Girl With a Pearl Earring," by the 17th-century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer, which hangs in a museum in The Hague. The other is a performance of "Up on the Roof" by the 20th-century R&B group the Drifters. For that, you have many choices, including Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters and Charlie Thomas's Drifters, various "cover" bands (which do their own versions of classic hits), "tribute" bands (which mimic the original performances down to the white shoes) and a shadowy category of groups that perform under the original names and may benefit from the audience's assumption that at least one of the elderly gentlemen on stage once crooned the selfsame lyrics on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Fate decreed there would be only one Vermeer, but many Drifters—and Coasters and Platters and other rock groups from the era before MTV. "How many?" asks Jon Bauman rhetorically."As many as you can pay for. On New Year's Eve, one in every city." Bauman is better known as "Bowzer," the T-shirted lunk from Sha Na Na (the band in "Grease"). Now 59, he runs his own oldies shows and heads the Truth in Music committee of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, crisscrossing the country at his own expense promoting laws to penalize bands who falsely advertise a connection to an earlier group. Nine states now have such laws—New Jersey was the most recent—and bills are awaiting signatures in seven more. Impostors are "a form of identity theft," he says, "against artists whose music changed the world. I look on this as an extension of the civil-rights movement." To the dwindling cadre of doo-wop pioneers who can still snap their fingers without wincing, Bauman is a hero."Jon is a dedicated soul," says Herb Reed of the first group to call itself the Platters.

More than a half-century later Reed still sings bass as part of a group descended from the original Platters
by a genealogy only slightly less convoluted than the Plantagenets'. "Those impostor groups are destroying
the market for me," he says, competing for bookings by cutting their prices, so that in his late 70s he's down
to a mere 180 dates a year. But supporters of the Truth in Music bills are also positioning it as a consumer issue, appealing to a quirk of human nature that prizes authenticity above phenomenology. "Consumers are being confused," says Maxine Porter, manager of Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters. "There's a history, a specific identity with a name, and all that is part of the consumer's decision-making process. " Economists struggle to understand this phenomenon.

"Even well-established art experts are at a loss to explain why a (perfect) copy is considered so much less valuable than the original," Bruno S. Frey of the University of Zurich wrote in a 1999 paper. To return to Vermeer for a moment, most people will never see the original "Girl With a Pearl Earring," but last week a new Vermeer museum opened in Delft containing only reproductions. Or if you'd like a hand-painted copy on stretched canvas to "impress your friends," you can buy one online for as little as $155, compared with $100 million for the original. You could probably tell them apart, especially if you chose to supersize your copy—the original is just 16 by 18 inches, but you can have copies in sizes up to three feet by four feet. But would you be confident in your ability to know which was the Vermeer? And if not, then does it matter? For that matter, how many casual R&B fans could pick out an original member of the Coasters from a distance? (That's a trick question; the last surviving original member, Carl Gardner, retired from touring recently after a stroke.) Early R&B groups were mostly faceless voices on the radio, in part because record companies weren't eager to remind audiences that their faces were usually black. And yet, in doo-wop as in painting, an undeniable aura clings to the authentic, the genuine, the original. Which is why if you go to a concert by the faux Drifters or a performance by the Platters manqué, you will always see, says Bauman, one guy in his 70s there so that you, the discerning doo-wop consumer, can nudge your seatmate and say, "That's the real one!"http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18881824/site/newsweek/

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Associated Press
NY Law Targets Band Impersonators

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN 08.22.07, 9:20 AM ET ALBANY, N.Y.

Knockoff music acts that impersonate the real performers can face fines up to $15,000 under a new law in New York.

"Music artists work for years to build names for themselves in the entertainment industry," Gov. Eliot Spitzer said Tuesday after signing the amendments to the Arts and Cultural Affairs Law. "We should not allow others to impersonate their work and profit from that deception."

Called the "Truth in Music Advertising Law," it prohibits copycat performances that attempt to cash in through false and misleading representations like names, billings and promotions similar to the original artists. nforcement by the state attorney general's office can bring civil penalties ranging from $5,000 to $15,000.

The measure was inspired when well-known recording artists like the Platters, the Coasters and the Drifters suffered financial losses when their acts and routines were copied without permission, according to the governor's office.

The Drifters, a doo-wop vocal group, first formed in the 1950s at Atlantic Records, had a string of '60s hits
like "This Magic Moment" and "Under the Boardwalk," and an array of members through decades of recording and performing. Several early members are dead.

The legislation has been dubbed the "Bowzer Bill" for Jon "Bowzer" Bauman of the band Sha Na Na
who has lobbied lawmakers in Albany and other state capitals. He says that while there are Drifters, Coasters and Platters performing with an authentic recording member of the band, there are many others with none.

"There are some groups that have been really very heavily damaged by this, for the most part the groups that had the most hit records from the doo-wop era," Bauman said. "Unscrupulous people have abused those names and they are putting out multiple impostor groups under those names. We don't even know how many there are."

The law requires performing groups to have at least one member of the recording group that they claim a connection to and a legal right to use the name. Or else they must label the production a "tribute" or "salute" or else own the recording group's trademark or have its authorization.

Sen. John Flanagan, a Long Island Republican who sponsored the bill, said that while some old hits
endure, the law should protect both the band's reputation and concertgoers from fraud. "Fans want to see the groups they love and should get what they pay for," said Assemblyman Peter Rivera, a Bronx Democrat
and another sponsor.

Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maine, South Carolina, North Dakota, Virginia, New Jersey, Florida, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Missouri, Texas and Nevada have enacted similar laws, according to the Truth in Music Committee of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation. California and a few other states are expected to follow shortly, said foundation President Bob Crosby.

"A lot of these groups have spent their life savings chasing the predators in litigation.
It's been really tough because there's always another gig and the gigs happen faster than the litigation," Crosby said. "No one is in favor of fake groups except for the impostors. It's a form of identity theft."

The next step is enforcement, Bauman said. There are ongoing actions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania with one coming soon in Nevada, he said. Attorney William Charron, representing Singer Management and Live Gold Operations, obtained a temporary restraining order Friday in a New Jersey federal court to block the attorney general from interfering with a show at the Atlantic City Hilton by their groups the Elsberry Hobbs Drifters, the Cornell Gunter Coasters and the Platters, he said. They're scheduled to return to court Sept. 7, seeking a preliminary injunction.

"The arguments were constitutional, that our clients have valid licenses to these trademarks," Charron said. He said the law "has the potential for misuse. That's where our clients find themselves unfortunately caught. They deserve to have their names cleared," he said.

Mar. 02, 2007
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal

Not so great pretenders

Originals support 'Truth in Music'

By SEAN WHALEY
REVIEW-JOURNAL CAPITAL BUREAU



Mary Wilson, left, an original member of the Supremes, and Jon "Bowzer" Bauman, former leader of Sha Na Na, testify on Thursday.
Photo by Gary Thompson.



Sonny Turner, right, of the original Platters singing group, testifies from Las Vegas during a teleconference meeting Thursday of the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor in Carson City.
Photo by Gary Thompson.

CARSON CITY -- Bowzer broke into song before a Senate panel on Thursday.

Jon Bauman, better known as the former leader of the oldies group Sha Na Na, testified in support of a bill that would make it a deceptive trade practice for musical groups with no original members to pass themselves off as the Coasters, Drifters, Platters or others.

"Get a job," Bauman intoned, quoting the 1950s Silhouettes hit.

"For too many years, these impostor musical groups have been duping consumers out of their hard-earned entertainment dollars and cheating the pioneers of rock music out of their rightful legacy," Bauman told the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee.

Bauman was joined by Mary Wilson, an original member of the Supremes, and Sonny Turner, an original member of the Platters, who testified from Las Vegas, in supporting Senate Bill 53, dubbed the "Truth in Music" bill.

Wilson told lawmakers that at least five groups are performing as the Supremes. Breaking into song, Wilson said she tells those groups: "Stop! In the name of love, before you break my heart."

The bill is intended to protect both consumers, who may not know they are buying tickets to a fake group's performance, and artists who only have their legacy as performers to rely on
to make a living, Wilson said.

Turner continued the musical testimony in the hearing. "Only you, can pass this bill for us," he sang to the melody of the Platters' hit "Only You."

The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee passed the bill out with a few minor amendments, including one making it clear that venues that offer such acts, including hotel-casinos, are not responsible for any bogus act. The bill will have to pass both houses and be signed by the governor before it becomes law.

Commerce Chairman Randolph Townsend, R-Reno, said the bill would become effective upon
passage and approval, to provide protection to the performers as quickly as possible.

Bauman, who is chairman of the Truth in Music Committee of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, said he is pleased with support for the bill that the group has received from Nevada's casino industry.

"We're completely on the same page," Bauman said. "We're not interested in acting as if the venues are culpable here. Because we feel that they are not."

The bill was introduced by Sens. Joe Heck, R-Henderson, and Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, on behalf of some Las Vegas performers, including Wilson.

Bauman told the panel that the Truth in Music Committee has succeeded in passing similar legislation in nine other states and is seeking approval in 12 more, including Nevada.

The bill would prohibit a group from calling itself the Drifters, for example, unless one original member of the group is part of the performance. Exceptions would be made for groups clearly identifying themselves as a "tribute" band. Individuals holding rights to a group name also would be exempted from the provisions of the bill.

Civil fines of $5,000 to $10,000, for violating a court order, could be assessed against promoters or groups failing to follow the provisions of the law.

The attorney general's office had reviewed the bill and didn't foresee any additional costs associated with enforcing the proposed law because the office already has a deceptive trade practices unit.

Bauman said the legislation has reduced or eliminated imposter groups in other states. It has succeeded by placing the burden of proof on the imposter groups to show they can legitimately use a name, he said.

It has been effective because it allows an attorney general to stop a performance before it occurs to ensure there is a legitimate right to the group name, Bauman said.

He described the phony groups as a form of identity theft.

Wilson, a Las Vegas resident, said she has spent millions of dollars trying unsuccessfully to prosecute fake Supremes groups. Wilson, who does not own the Supremes name, tours as Mary Wilson or "Mary Wilson formerly of the Supremes."

Bauman said performers are backing the legislation because they have to compete for jobs against fake groups that may charge $5,000 for a performance, while a group including original members might charge $20,000.

Wilson said there are more serious issues the Legislature needs to deal with, from homelessness to care for the elderly, but the bill is important for performers.

"It is helping Americans who have given music to the world," Wilson said.

Also testifying from Las Vegas was 1950s music fan Donald Riggio, who said he knows which groups have a legitimate claim to a group name and which are fakes because of his love of the music.

"I take it as a personal insult to my intelligence to have these fakers heaped upon me and the other members of the sometimes unsuspecting audience without calling them what they are -- a tribute band or review," Riggio said.

No one spoke in opposition to the measure.

Sen. Warren Hardy, R-Las Vegas, said he was embarrassed that Nevada has not been at the forefront in protecting the artists affected by imposter groups.

But Bauman said the effort to pass the law in Nevada was intentionally delayed until the organization could see how well the measure worked elsewhere.

Nevada is an important state for such a law because of its prominence as an entertainment capital, he said.

"Existing law has proven to be completely ineffective in stopping the practice," Bauman said. "This is a grey area.
These people have learned how to work within existing law."

Jon 'Bowzer' Bauman
(Chairman, Truth in Music Committee)
addresses the audience at the
2004 Vocal Group Hall of Fame
Induction Concert about the
'Truth In Music Bill'.

The bill was created in order to protect artists from identity theft and consumers from imposter groups that illegally use the name of legendary groups
and artists. For more information about
Truth In Music watch the video!

Truth In Music Video Preview

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Frank Maffei

Truth In Music Legislation State By State Truth in Music has had an incredible legislative session which is not quite over. We are now law in 15 states-- New Jersey, Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee, Virginia, Maine, Wisconsin, South Carolina, North Dakota and Texas. The bill is on the Governor's desk in Missouri. New York and California have passed one chamber and should finish up shortly.

CA- assembly bill 702 passed assembly
http://info.sen.ca.gov/pub/bill/asm/
ab_07010750/ab_702_bill_20070222_introduced.html

Colorado truth in music http://www.greeleytrib.com/article/
20080208/NEWS/915418559

CT- law
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2006/ACT/PA/
2006PA-00016-R00HB-05801-PA.htm

DE- Senate Bill #45
http://www.legis.state.de.us/LIS/LIS144.NSF/
vwLegislation/SB+45?Opendocument

FL- law
http://www.leg.state.fl.us/data/session/2001/
House/bills/billtext/pdf/h1049.pdf

IL – law
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?
DocName=09400HB4172lv&SessionID=50&GA=94&
DocTypeID=HB&DocNum=4172&print=true

HB 4172 Public Act 094-0854
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/
publicacts/94/094-0854.htm

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ME – law
http://www.mainelegislature.org/
legis/bills/billtexts/ld068601.asp

MI –
Senate Bill 1125
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/
(S(krwqfzndmgquji555sqgk2vu))
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MO – law

ND – law = Existing Law to be Amended

Fifty-ninth

Legislative Assembly ENGROSSED
HOUSE BILL NO. 1284 ND- PASSED,
MUST BE AMENDED

http://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/
59-2005/bill-text/FATH0400.pdf

NJ – law

[Second Reprint]

ASSEMBLY, No. 3102

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

212th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED MAY 18, 2006

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2006/
Bills/A3500/3102_R2.HTM

SENATE, No. 310

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

212th LEGISLATURE

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2006 SESSION

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2006/
Bills/S0500/310_I1.HTM

NM - HOUSE BILL 857

48TH LEGISLATURE -
STATE OF NEW MEXICO - FIRST SESSION, 2007

INTRODUCED BY

Jane E. Powdrell-Culbert

http://legis.state.nm.us/lcs/_session.asp?
chamber=H&type=++&number=857&
Submit=Search&year=07

NV – law

SENATE BILL NO. 53

http://www.leg.state.nv.us/74th/Bills/
Amendments/A_SB53_R1_917.PDF - xml=http://search.leg.state.nv.us/isysqu

NY –

http://www.assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A05822&sh=t

OH- SET TO BE INTRODUCED

PA – law

SENATE BILL No. 929 Session of 2005

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/
Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2005&sessInd
=0&billBody=S&billTyp=B&billNbr=0929&pn=1218

SC – law

H.3636 H.4105 Rep. G.M. Smith May 2, 2007 SC- PASSED, MUST BE AMENDED

TN – law

HB 228

http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/bills/
currentga/BILL/HB0228.pdf

TX – law

HB 54

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/80R
/billtext/html/HB00054I.htm

VA – law

http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?071+ful+HB1969E+pdf

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Jon (BOWZER) Bauman
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TRUTH IN MUSIC
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"Truth In Music"
Has Arrived!

The Truth In Music Bill was
created to protect the artists from Identity theft and to protect the Consumer from being mis-lead to believe they are seeing the legendary artists that made the hits songs famous, when in fact they are not.

The Truth in Music Law is designed to stop unscrupulous concert promoters from deceiving the public with “impostor groups” which have no connection, legal or otherwise, to the authentic groups.

Fundamentally, this is a Consumer Protection Bill, as the public pays hard-earned money to see a show and has no idea what it’s even getting.

The bill makes it mandatory for a live performance to include at least one recording member of the group who still has the right to use the group name or Trademark.

Otherwise, the act must be billed as a “tribute” or a “salute” so that the public knows what it’s paying for.

An ancillary effect of this bill is to help the authentic artists themselves, who have been struggling for many years to try to stop impostors to no avail. The impostor groups take their jobs, their money, their legacy and their applause.

The bill is necessary because existing law has completely failed
to work and impostor groups have multiplied. There may be as many groups of “Coasters” and “Platters” performed nationwide, often at the same time in different venues. The bill shifts the burden to those groups to prove that they actually have rights to the group names.

The specific guidelines the bill provides give clarity to venues as to whom to book, and to the state attorney general’s office as to what constitutes a violation. This is much more efficient and cost-effective than any other way of dealing with this very specialized area.

Truth In Music Bill Law in 33 States

California, Connecticut,
Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey,
North Dakota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio,
Oregon, Pennsylvania, Road Island, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Texas, Utah,
Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and fully sponsored in
Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi & New Mexico.

The Federal Bill is fully sponsored and to be introduced in the Fall of 2009.

Progress for 2010 underway in Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Iowa, West Virginia, Wyoming, & Washington DC.


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July 4, 2009

Hello, everyone, and thank you for your efforts in the Truth in Music movement. Our bill will soon be law in 33 states, and the federal bill is on the immediate horizon. Our bill is now on the Governor's desk in both New Hampshire, which could not have been done without Lynda Tocci and Paul Pezzella, which completes the entire northeast, and North Carolina, which recently had what is in our opinion three impostor group shows polluting its concert calendar. Thus the total of 33, this session having also added Utah, Washington, Oregon, and Oklahoma. I'd like to thank Rep. Greg Hughes of Utah, Sen. Karen Keiser of Washington, Sen. Floyd Prozanski of Oregon, Rep. Mike Thompson of Oklahoma, Sen. Jackie Cilley and Rep. Bob Perry of New Hampshire, and Sen. David Weinstein of North Carolina for sponsoring our bill and shepherding its passage. Thanks also to their able aides and other invaluable personnel in these states-- especially John Elder in Washington, Val Hoyle and Juliana Greenlaw in Oregon, A.J. Mallory in Oklahoma, Will Craig, Patrick Murphy, Majority Leader Maggie Hassan and Senate President Sylvia Larsen in New Hampshire, and Amy Fulk and Will Quick in North Carolina.  Most special thanks to my friend Ty McCartney of Utah, who, along with the beloved Elaine Makas of Maine, is individually responsible for helping us find a record number of sponsors!

Other major news is last week's opinion of the Third Circuit in Marshak v. Treadwell, which upholds contempt of court judgements against those responsible for many of the impostor Drifters groups, and reverses the District Court in once again requiring an accounting of the profits from their impostor group performances. This will damage these perpetrators of some of the most egregious impostor group scams where it hurts them the most-- in the pocketbook!  Many of these same players have also been enjoined from misusing the name "The Temptations" and held in contempt of federal court in the Ninth Circuit.  Congratulations to Cindy Salvo for her outstanding legal work in Marshak v. Treadwell. 

In the midst of this long legal battle, where it's easy to forget in all the minutiae what brought us here in the first place, I was gratified when Judge Fuentes of the Third Circuit reminded us of the special place of music in our collective consciousness. In the first paragraph of his opinion in Marshak v. Treadwell, Judge Fuentes wrote (of the underlying case) 

 

"Judge Politan enjoined Marshak and his company from marketing The Drifters anywhere – not On Broadway, not Up On the Roof, and not Under the Boardwalk."

 

I couldn't have said it better myself! It's been a great 2009 so far!!!

Jon "Bowzer" Bauman Chair, Truth in Music Committee Vocal Group Hall of Fame

 


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Senate Judiciary to Referee Debate on Radio Stations Paying Royalties

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By Jennifer C. Kerr
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8:06 AM EDT, June 10, 2009

WASHINGTON

Which top-selling artist purportedly had his new single yanked from some radio stations playlists in retaliation for supporting royalties for musicians? No one involved will name the recording artist, but his no-play treatment by several radio stations is alleged in a complaint filed with the Federal Communications Commission and obtained by The Associated press. It claims recording artists are being threatened and
intimidated.

In the filing, the musicFIRST Coalition says the top-selling artist -- there are hints it could be U2 frontman Bono -- recently released a new album and spoke during April in support of an effort to require radio stations to pay musicians royalties similar to those paid to songwriters.

Soon after, it said, "several stations within a major radio broadcast group notified the artist's label that they would no longer play his single on the air."Representatives for musicFIRST refused to identify the artist.

U2's album, "No Line on the Horizon," was released in March with its leadoff single, "Get on Your Boots."

In April, Bono issued a statement on behalf of pay for musicians, saying, "It's only fair that when radio makes money by playing a recording artist's music ... the recording artist should be compensated just
as songwriters are already."

Calls and e-mails to a spokeswoman for Bono were not immediately returned.

Other artists involved with musicFIRST include
Don Henley,
Celine Dion,
Christina Aguilera
Wyclef Jean.


The filing also alleges unfair treatment of other artists by radio stations in Florida, Delaware and Texas. It does not identify any of the stations but accuses the stations of unlawfully putting their own financial interests above their obligation to serve the public. The group asks the FCC, which regulates the public airwaves,
to investigate.

The controversy centers on regislation in Congress that would require radio stations to pay musicians royalties. Satellite radio, Internet radio and cable TV music channels already pay fees to performers and musicians, along with songwriter royalties. AM and FM radio stations just pay songwriters, not performers.

The National Association of Broadcasters opposes the bill, called the Performance Rights Act. The NAB says it amounts to a tax on U.S. radio stations and threatens thousands of jobs.

The filing by musicFIRST, made late Tuesday, also said: --A Delaware radio station boycotted all artists affiliated with musicFIRST for an entire month.

--Before an interview, an artist was pressured by a Texas radio station to state on the air that the Performance Rights Act would cripple radio stations.

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musicFIRST Asks FCC to Investigate Radio Stations For Threatening Performers, Refusing to Run Ads and Misleading the Public Actions Violate Radio’s Obligation to Serve the Public Interest, Calling Broadcast Licenses Into Question

Washington, DC – The musicFIRST Coalition (Fairness in Radio Starting Today) today filed a formal request that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigate and take action against radio stations for abusing their license to use the airwaves, a valuable public resource.

The filing details how radio stations across the country refuse to air musicFIRST ads, threaten artists who support the effort to create a fair performance right on radio and continue to run misleading ads produced by the National ssociation of Broadcasters –

all in an effort to further their own private commercial interest at the expense of their public interest obligations.

“For more than 80 years radio stations have been using the work of artists and musicians without compensating them, now they’re using the public airwaves unfairly for their
own self interest, ” said usicFIRST Executive Director, Jennifer Bendall. “We respect the First Amendment rights of broadcasters to air their views in this and any debate, but hey’ve crossed the line.
 
They have engaged in a concerted effort to promote their own financial interests above their legal duty to serve the public interest by providing truthful and accurate information.”

Radio stations must ensure that their private interests, including their private financial interests, do not interfere with their obligation to serve the public.

The musicFIRST filing notes that the use of a broadcast license to further a licensee’s personal economic interest is particularly egregious where it results in the skewing
and distorting of a public debate. 

“Time and time again we have been told ‘NO!’ by radio stations when it comes to airing our side of the debate,” said Bendall. “Many stations are rejecting our ads without even reading the script. It’s an absolute sham.

Ironically, they are refusing to take our money at the same time that they cry poverty to avoid fairly compensating artists for the music upon which they have built their businesses.” 

The ads and on-air commentary unfairly prey on the public’s fears by calling it a tax, which it’s not, saying all the money is going to foreign companies, which it’s not, and intimating that this is a racial issue by claiming that there is no black representation in the process and that it will “murder black radio”

– again not true.

“Even more offensive is the effort to silence artists through threats and retribution,” Bendall said.  “No one should ever be penalized for working for what they think is right; for participating in the democratic process; for exercising their First Amendment right to correct a decades-old wrong. But that is just what these radio stations have done.”

According to the musicFIRST filing, one major radio group dropped a top selling artist’s record after he spoke in support of performance rights legislation. 

The program director of a Florida radio station declined to add an artist’s recordings to his station’s playlist because the artist is listed as a member of the musicFIRST Coalition.
another director of programming told a representative of two prominent artists that
the artist’s support for the Performance Rights Act would save a “chilling effect” on their
relationship.
 
And a Delaware radio station boycotted all artists affiliated with musicFIRST for an entire month.

“These are the cases we know about,” Bendall said. “We can only imagine what may be happening under the cover of silence.”

musicFIRST is asking the FCC to investigate these actions, find that the stations have violated their public interest obligations and consider the broadcasters’ malfeasance in connection with their license renewal.

musicFIRST is also asking the FCC to consider this conduct as part of its
overall review the length of radio stations licenses, currently seven years.

“Our message to the FCC is clear,” Bendall said. “We respect a broadcaster’s right to oppose the Performance Rights Act. But we cannot tolerate broadcasters’ use of the public airwaves to stifle debate, threaten artists and musicians and undermine the public interest in pursuit
of their narrow, private business interests.”

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John Henkel
Director of Artist Relations
musicFIRST Coalition
410-491-2697


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AN URGENT MESSAGE TO ALL MUSIC FANS!!!!

   PLEASE READ IT

OUR LIVES MAY BE IN YOUR HANDS.

 ESPECIALLY IF YOU BELIEVE that when you hear our songs on the radio we’re getting paid.

We’re not !    We don’t ! We Never have!

 American musical artists have Never been paid a penny when radio plays their music (and we know you, the fans, didn’t know that)!

All those songs you know and love have NEVER earned a cent for any of us.

We need your help to right this wrong.

This effects every artist/group/musician all musical genres that you’ve ever heard on any AM and/or FM format radio all of your life and ours.

Station owners earn billions of dollars annually from selling advertising space on their stations that use our recordings as the basis of their formats.

They get you fans, listening so they can sell their ad air based and selling you stuff.

They use our music to draw you and the money to them and pay us nothing! Not one cent!

An aberration (a hiccup) in the United States Copyright Law, that was written in 1909 before recordings were important or available and commercial radio had not yet been invented or the first broadcast of a human voice was actually possible that’s never been corrected is why we’ve been victimized and it’s not been corrected in all these years?

The simplest explanation is that the Station Owners, who by the way, pay nothing to secure their broadcast licenses from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have become very powerful and important to our leaders.

They have a strong trade organization/lobby group, The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). that has managed to prevent legislation from ever getting far enough along to succeed.

Broadcasters believe  they’re entitled to use our talents to draw in their advertisers, playing our music “free” of any sort of payment to us though they earn billions in profits because of us. They feel entitled though they pay literally everyone else.

Radio pays millions to on air personalities, talking heads, sportscasters, announcers,
dj’s, engineers and don’t forget the huge contracts with major and minor league sports teams to everyone except us.

There are a few other countries in the world who we’re just like that don’t pay artists: Iran, North Korea and China.  

Every other modern country in the world insures that broadcasters and others pay the recording artists when their works are publicly performed or broadcast. 

They uphold international laws that do not tolerate the use of an artist’s performance without compensation. American has NEVER ratified those treaties because of The NAB and it’s members pressure on our Congress.

No Treaty
No Rights - No Money


WE CAN’T COLLECT THE FOREIGN MONEY THAT
SHOULD BE OURS EITHER.

Because there are no rights in the United States, we’re being cut out again. SO Not only don't
we get paid by U.S. radio stations, but the money collected around the world for American artists stays in those countries NEVER BEING PAID TO US.

We can’t collect any of it BECAUSE we don't pay their artists so U.S. artists lose an estimated $70-100 million per year..

THAT’S LIFE CHANGING MONEY FOR SO MANY OF THE OLDER ARTISTS AND THEIR FAMILIES OR HEIRS.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP AMERICAN ARTISTS RECEIVE “LIVE CHANGING MONEY” THAT
WILL FINALLY SECURE THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR SOME TIME TO COME.

Please CLICK THE LINK below to write a letter to your representatives in the House and The Senate and President Obama telling them it’s important that House Bill 848 and Senate Bill 397 get passed now. All you have to do is fill in your zip code and it will automatically send letters to your Senators and Congressman.

We thank you in advance for your support and assistance in this quest. Your voice could make all the difference for our voices, how amazing is that.

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U2’s Bono Backs Fair Performance Right on Radio

April 20, 2009 – In a statement released today through the musicFIRST Coalition, U2 lead singer Bono says that while he appreciates radio, he also supports the creation of a fair performance right on AM
and FM radio.  The National Association of Broadcasters had previously disseminated an unrelated quote from the Irish rock band’s lead singer to suggest that he opposes the creation of a fair performance right on radio for artists and musicians. The Performance Rights Act (H.R. 848, S. 379) will ensure that artists, musicians and rights holders are compensated when their music is used on radio.

The following statement may be attributed to Bono-

"While we have many friends at radio, and appreciate the many things that radio has done for our band over the years, we believe it’s only fair that when radio makes money by playing a recording artist's music and selling advertising, the recording artist should be compensated just as songwriters are already. This is a principle accepted by radio broadcasters in virtually every country in the world. The music business is in a state of freefall at the moment, and while, thankfully, this no longer really affects us - there are many young recording artists out there who can no longer earn a living from the sale of their music, or from touring or selling merchandise...yet they remain a vital part of radio playlists throughout the USA. They should not be denied their fair share. In this time of so much positive change coming from Washington, we hope
this bill will be embraced and become the law."


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People who love music understand that reativity, talent and hard work are required to bring it to life.

The goal of musicFIRST is to ensure that struggling performers, local usicians and well-known artists are
compensated for their music when it is played both today and in the future.

Of all the ways we listen to music, corporate radio is the only one that receives special treatment.

For more than 80 years, big radio has had a free pass to play music refusing to pay even a fraction of a penny to the performers that brought it to life.

music FIRST is committed to making sure everyone, from up-and-coming artists to our favorites from years-ago, is guaranteed Fair Pay for Air Play.

You can help by writing your member of Congress and telling them that you support musicFIRST’s effort to make a performance right a reality for all artists and musicians.


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Radio’s promotional value is on the decline. New music distribution platforms such as satellite, cable and internet radio – provide additional ways for consumers to enjoy music.

With the exception of AM and FM radio, each platform pays for the recordings they use r egardless of any promotion that might occur as a result, including broadcasters who simulcast their programming
on the Internet.

However, the bottom line is that this is about simple fairness: the artists who bring the music to life, who attract listeners to a station, and who make it possible for radio to make money by selling advertising deserve to be compensated when a radio station uses their music to compensate itself.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Okays Performance Rights Act

Bill will compensate artists and musicians for radio play

Washington, D.C., October 15, 2009Today the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Performance Rights Act (S. 379). The bill will close a loophole in copyright law that allows music radio stations to earn billions of dollars each year in ad revenue without compensating the artists, musicians and rights holders who bring music to life and listeners’ ears to the radio dial. A similar bill, H.R. 848, was approved earlier by the House Judiciary Committee. The following statement may be attributed to Jennifer Bendall, executive director of the musicFIRST Coalition:

“Today we are one step closer to righting a wrong that has existed since the early days of radio; one step closer to winning the fight for fundamental justice that has been waged by countless artists and musicians over the last 80 years.”

“We are grateful for the leadership of Chairman Leahy, Senators Feinstein and Hatch and other members of the committee. We look forward to working with them and Chairman Conyers, Representatives Issa and Berman and other members who understand the importance of creating a fair performance right on radio for America’s artists and musicians.”

“We are making unprecedented progress.  Two congressional committees have now approved a bill to create a fair performance right on radio. We ask broadcasters and the new leadership at the NAB to join with us.  Together we can create a performance right on radio that is fair to artists, musicians and rights holders, fair to other radio platforms that pay a performance royalty, and fair to AM and FM music radio.”

“Radio and music have a bright future together if the artists, musicians and rights holders who bring music to life and listeners’ ears to the radio dial are compensated fairly for their work.”

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