NAB, Google, Amazon Join In Music Coalition

Say Policy Should Not be Driven by 'Major' Labels, Publishers

The National Association of Broadcasters, Google and Amazon have teamed up to push back against a music industry push for a public performance right (payment) for on-air and online music.

The MIC Coalition (Music. Innovation. Consumers.) says that it is "imperative" that "music policies are balanced among all participants rather than just those of the major record labels and publishers." NAB says the goal is to make sure that copyright decisions are "grounded in rationality, affordability and predictability."

"Local broadcasters are pleased to join in the historic launch of this diverse coalition designed to preserve and enhance a vibrant music and creative community in the U.S.," said NAB president Gordon Smith. "Make no mistake: American music is the most successful in the world, aided in part by intellectual property laws that do not tilt in favor of record labels over the millions of daily listeners who consume music.”