SoundExchange today joined with 70+ major recording artists to launch Project72, a campaign to ensure digital radio payments for musicians and rights holders who recorded prior to 1972. Project72 is designed to support today’s introduction of The RESPECT Act by U.S. Representatives George Holding (R-NC) and John Conyers (D-MI). The bill would require equal payments for pre-1972 recordings. Pandora, SiriusXM and other major net radio services do not pay royalties to musicians who recorded music before February 15, 1972 because of a loophole in U.S. copyright law. SoundExchange estimates that this practice deprived legacy artists and record labels of more...

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