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February 5, 2015
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NAB Statement on Copyright Office Music Licensing Report

WASHINGTON, DC -- In response to the Copyright Office's release of a report on music licensing issues, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:

"As it has for decades, the Copyright Office proposes music licensing recommendations looking only through the lens of copyright owners. What cannot be denied is that the U.S. music industry is the envy of the world, aided by a legal framework that enables 244 million listeners to enjoy free and local radio every week. We're pleased that Congress recognizes the unparalleled promotional value of broadcast radio, and has rejected a punitive new fee on local stations. NAB will review this sweeping report and engage both Congress and the Copyright Office as they consider policies that recognize the interests of consumers and innovators."

On numerous occasions, both record label executives and artists have recognized the promotional value of free radio airplay.

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