RAIN publisher and AccuRadio CEO Kurt Hanson will speak at tomorrow's Future of Music Summit in Washington, D.C., taking part in the panel "Radio-active: Internet Broadcasting and Artist Compensation."
Panelists will discuss the lack of parity when it comes to how different forms of radio pay for the use of copyright compositions and recordings -- and more specificially, about the Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA, more here). The IRFA would move Internet radio sound recording rate determination to the more universal 801(b) standard. Advocates say this would make for a more equitable and healthy marketplace, but critics only see it as a reduction in artist revenues.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden (D), who introduced the Internet Radio Fairness Act (S.3609) in the Senate in September will keynote the conference. Pandora founder Tim Westergren will also speak.
The Internet radio panel will be moderated by Washington Post pop music critic Chris Richards. The other scheduled panelists are David Lowery (former frontman with the bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, now a University of Georgia lecturer), CEA SVP/Government Affairs Michael Petricone, Assc. General Counsel of the AFM Patricia Polach, and SoundExchange General Counsel Colin Rushing.
See the Summit schedule here.