IRFA under Fire

The nation’s largest minority organization, NAACP, sent a letter to members of the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet last week, siding against the Internet Radio Fairness Act, contending that it would “unfairly deprive artists and performers of fair pay for their hard work. This would start a race to the bottom in performer compensation, violating the founding principal of America’s labor movement. A fair day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”

Senior musicians targeted. NAACP SVP/Advocacy & Policy Hilary O. Shelton, the author of the letter, went on to say, “Many of the performers who would be affected by this lower compensation rate are the now-elderly singers and musicians from the Motown era, who received little pay for their original work and are dependent on this modest performance royalty that would be eviscerated under IFRA.”

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