Still Hazy After All These Years: Performance Royalties and Terrestrial Radio
The US remains one of the only countries in the world in which the owners of recordings are not compensated when those recordings are played on the radio. Broadcast radio maintains that they are providing free exposure for musicians and labels, who are agitating to be paid. Complicating the matter is that terrestrial radio's competitors that broadcast digitally are mandated to pay musicians and labels by the Copyright Royalty Board. Explore these issues with the stake-holders.
Curtis LeGeyt is Senior Vice President and Legislative Counsel at the National Association of Broadcasters. As a member of NAB's Government Relations team, Curtis advocates NAB's legislative agenda before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. His focus is copyright law, communications law, and First Amendment issues.
Prior to joining NAB, Curtis served as Senior Counsel to Sen. Patrick Leahy's (VT) Judiciary Committee staff. In that role, Curtis advised the Chairman and Committee on intellectual property, antitrust and First Amendment issues impacting a range of industries, including entertainment and telecommunications.
Previously, Curtis worked as an attorney for the Obama for America Presidential Campaign, and as an Associate with the Howrey LLP law firm in Washington, DC. Curtis is a member of the District of Columbia and Massachusetts bars. He received his J.D. from Cornell University Law School and his B.A. from Providence College in Quantitative Economics.
Michael Huppe is president of SoundExchange, the nonprofit performance rights organization formed to meet the needs of the digital music era.
Michael is responsible for the strategic direction of SoundExchange, which represents one the music industry’s fastest growing revenue segments – the music royalties paid by digital music services to the creative community for the use of their recordings. SoundExchange represents more than 70,000 performer accounts and over 24,000 rights owners and label accounts in this effort. To date, SoundExchange has paid more than $1 billion in digital performance royalties to recording artists and record labels.
Michael’s appointment to SoundExchange’s top position follows a 12-year career devoted to protecting the cultural and commercial value of music, most recently serving as executive vice president and general counsel for the organization. In his current role, Michael oversees SoundExchange’s mission to support, protect and propel the recorded music industry forward.
Prior to joining SoundExchange, Michael was Senior Vice President and Deputy Counsel at the Recording Industry of America. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a law degree from Harvard Law School. He is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a course on music law, and has lectured on intellectual property topics at various universities. His optimism and expertise helped to place SoundExchange among Forbes Magazine’s “Top Names You Need to Know for 2011.”