HB 729 -- Music Royalties
This bill requires a copyright owner or performing rights
society (which is an organization that supervises the licensing
of music on behalf of a copyright owner) to provide a written
contract detailing the rates and terms of any royalty agreement
at least 72 hours before such an agreement may go into effect.
This contract must also provide a schedule of the music royalty
rates and terms given comparable businesses in the area. Any
performing rights society's contract must list the copyright
owners it represents. Failure to provide this information may
make the royalty contract unenforceable. The contract must list
the copyrighted works licensed under the contract and the
duration of the contract. Contracts may not exceed one year,
and must be signed by the parties.
Performing rights societies and copyright owners must identify
themselves when entering an establishment to investigate
compliance with a royalty agreement, and may not charge a
royalty which is unreasonable in comparison to similar licenses
in the same area. Violations of these restrictions is a class C
A proprietor with a royalty agreement may petition the court for
termination of a contract when the performance rights society or
copyright owner is in violation. If successful, the proprietor
may be awarded treble damages, attorney's fees, and costs, as
well as appropriate equitable relief.
The bill does not apply to contracts between broadcasters
licensed by the Federal Communications Commission and copyright
owners or performing rights societies.
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