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  • Support for H.R. 1283

    by Representative Louise McIntosh Slaughter

    Posted on 2015-12-09

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    SLAUGHTER of new york in the house of representatives Wednesday, December 9, 2015 Ms. SLAUGHTER. Mr. Speaker, as co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, I rise today in support of H.R. 1283, the Songwriter Equity Act. In today's evolving entertainment environment, songwriters sometimes don't get the credit or the pay they deserve--and it's time to change that.

    H.R. 1283 will ensure that these artists receive fair pay every time someone listens to their song--whether from satellite radio or digital music services and downloads.

    Congress established royalty rates of just two cents per copy in 1909, when Irving Berlin was beginning his career. Now, over 100 years later, the royalty rate has increased only to just over nine cents per copy. It's time to give songwriters the pay they deserve in today's dollars and cents.

    Thank you to my colleagues Rep. Doug Collins and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries for their strong support of the arts here in Congress--I'm proud to support them, the arts, and this bill.


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