Billy Corgan Appears in Court
Wed, 11 Mar 2009 17:52:11
Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, arguing that artists should be compensated for radio airplay. In the past, only songwriters and composers were paid fees by stations.
“Simply put,” Corgan said in court, “If a station plays a song, both the author and the performer should be paid. These particular performances must have value to the stations or they wouldn’t be playing them.”
Corgan and other artists—such as Herbie Hancock and Sheryl Crow of the MusicFirst coalition—are asking for the passage of the Performance Rights Act, a bill supported by such congressmen as Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and John Conyers (D-Mich.), the Judiciary Committee chairman. Station owners, on the other hand, insist that such a bill will cripple companies already struggling with declining ad dollars.
"The recording industry is living in a fantasy world that is divorced from the critical depressed financial position in which almost every radio station finds itself today," Larry Patrick, a broadcaster with 14 stations in Wyoming, explained before the Committee.
Tuesday’s three-hour hearing left the court without a clear conclusion. According to variety.com, an independent study will likely be enacted to examine the issue closely.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff