Amendment exempts businesses whose public space is 3,500 square feet or less from paying music licensing fees for playing the radio or TV unless they charge admission; establishes local arbitration for rate disputes; and protects landlords and convention owners from vicarious liability for music licensing fees for music played by a tenant or an exhibitor.


An amendment to permit disputes between commercial establishments and performing rights organizations regarding the amount of licensing fees to be submitted to arbitration in or near the area where the establishment resides. The amendment would exempt qualified small businesses from paying licensing fees for transmissions of copyrighted works to a small targeted audience. Retail television sales establishments and convention organizers and landlords would also be exempt from paying licensing fees.

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