During the maiden hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee's new Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law chaired by Senator Franken, committee members pressed Google and Apple on how the companies use, collect, and share their customers' location data, the notices they provide consumers, and the privacy standards they apply to third party applications.
The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved the bill to impose a performance royalty (or the "performance tax" as the NAB had called it) on radio broadcasters for the public performance of sound recordings on their over-the-air stations.
Non-commercial webcasters were provided with two royalty options under settlements reached with SoundExchange pursuant to the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2009 ("WSA").
On Tuesday, just before the Senate recesses for its summer vacation, an abridged version of the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the proposed sound recording performance royalty for over-the-air radio.
One of the fundamental questions that surrounds the proposed broadcast performance royalty for the use of sound recordings over the air (or the "performance tax" as it has been labeled by the NAB) is how much it could it cost a broadcaster.
Even though the National Association of Broadcasters has been successful in getting about 240 Congressional Representatives (far more than a majority of the House of Representatives) to sign onto a resolution opposing the adoption of a performance royalty for the use of sound recordings by broadcasters in their over-the-air programming, the efforts to enact that legislation have not died.