Fair Play, Fair Pay Act is Short on Creativity

Date: April 13, 2015

Fair Play, Fair Pay Act is Short on Creativity

(Washington, D.C.)

Gregory Alan Barnes, General Counsel to the Digital Media Association, issued the following statement in response to the introduction of the “Fair Play, Fair Pay Act of 2015” by U.S. Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY):

“While cleverly titled, the Fair Play, Fair Pay Act lacks the same level of creativity. Indeed, the vast majority of the bill is little more than a series of repackaged legislative proposals that failed to gain traction in previous Congresses. In the intervening months since discussion of a comprehensive bill first arose, music creators have increasingly asked for greater transparency to ensure the royalties they’re owed are being fairly administered.

Music services, for their part, have focused on licensing efficiency; while consumers have simply asked for a licensing system that makes legitimate content more readily available in a timely manner.

The Fair Play, Fair Pay Act unfortunately sidesteps the interests of all of the aforementioned stakeholders, in favor of a legislative proposal that caters to the exclusive interests of a powerful set of intermediaries. A truly fair bill would have pursued a more balanced approach.”