Payola Consent Decree Will Be A Victory For AFTRA Members
According to recent news reports, the Federal Communications Commission is about to approve a settlement on the practice of payola that follows recommendations made last month by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
"When adopted by the full commission, this proposed settlement will be a great victory for AFTRA members," said Thomas R. Carpenter, AFTRA general counsel and director of legislative affairs. "We have consistently argued that, in addition to monetary fines, meaningful remedies for the insidious practice of payola must include requirements for the minimum airplay of independent artists."
Carpenter submitted a letter in mid-February to the FCC outlining principles from AFTRA to assist in drafting a "meaningful consent decree on payola with real and substantive remedies for recording artists."
In the letter, Carpenter wrote, "Payola hurts all of our members who are recording artists, but it is particularly devastating for our independent artists; independent record labels often lack the resources to secure airtime for their artists in an industry where the practice of 'pay for play' runs rampant."
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