U.S.: Neil Portnow, President & CEO of the Record Academy (Grammys) is claiming victory in the fight to defeat the Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA), which would have reduced creator compensation by a much as 85 percent for plays on Internet radio stations such as Pandora, one of the major backers of the Bill. Said Portnow:
“Thousands of you, Academy members from across the country, made your voices heard to Congress. You let your representatives in Washington know why the Internet Radio Fairness Act is anything but fair. Congress listened to you – and we won.
The 112th Congress just concluded and IRFA is officially defeated. No doubt we’ll face bad legislation again in the future. But we know if we make our voices heard, we can ensure music policy is fair to those who create music.”