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December 21, 2017
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Introduction of Music Modernization Act

WASHINGTON -- In response to today's introduction by Reps. Doug Collins (R-GA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) of the Music Modernization Act, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:

“NAB appreciates the constructive efforts of Reps. Collins and Jeffries, as well as industry stakeholders, on issues addressed by the Music Modernization Act. The bill is an important step towards resolving critical issues faced by songwriters, music publishers, and on-demand streaming services to the benefit of those parties.

"However, NAB has serious concerns about unrelated provisions in the bill that may unjustifiably increase costs for many music licensees, including local radio and TV broadcasters, who otherwise receive no benefit from the legislation. NAB looks forward to working with the bill sponsors and impacted parties to resolve our outstanding concerns.”

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