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Video from House Small Business Committee hearing on the impact of new webcasting royalties

June 29, 2007

Yesterday (June 28th) the full House Committee for Small Business heard from a panel of witnesses on “Assessing the Impact of the Copyright Royalty Board Decision to Increase Royalty Rates on Recording Artists and Webcasters.”

Among 7 witnesses representing various interests, the two musicians on the panel included classic county artist, Joey Allcorn, and Cathy Fink - whose music is often heard on Folk Alley. They present both sides of the issue coming from a musician’s point of view.



Posted by Linda Fahey at June 29, 2007 11:23 AM


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Cathy Fink's testimony was a thorough enumeration of the expenses attached to being a full-time professional musician. It would be more enlightening to know what the Internet royalty payments amount to for an artist working at her level, what they'll grow to once the small-channel discount goes away, and what they'll shrink to as a number of the small Internet stations playing her music have to close down.

I've always assumed that for any independent professional artist, what's lost in royalties from non-commercial airplay would be more than made up for in album sales from the increased exposure. If she's run the math both ways, that might not be true for her specific operation. I guess the only way to find out for sure is to let the events play out the way it looks like they're going to.

Posted by: Joan Kennedy at July 1, 2007 12:28 PM

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