WASHINGTON, D.C.—Last week, Womble Carlyle attorney John Garziglia wrote a column in Radio Ink about the ongoing controversy surrounding music licensing fees and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) and Global Music Rights (GMR). Radio stations have lingering questions about what fees are owed to GMR and what the consequences might be if they aren’t paid.

"Radio Ink" Publisher Deborah Parenti picks up on Garziglia’s column in her own Jan. 19th op-ed.

Parenti writes, “So it was that John Garziglia’s recent essay for Radio Ink (January 12, 2017) was read by many, including me, with special interest. John provided a succinct and logical explanation of the situation to date. And with it, he raised an intriguing and ambitious, if admittedly untested, proposal. What if all songwriter fees currently paid pre-GMR were put into a common fund and the performing rights organizations, including GMR, were tasked with deciding among themselves how those fees were to be split?”

Click here to read “The Day the Music Could Die” at "Radio Ink."

John Garziglia represents radio and television broadcasters, offering personalized assistance in all areas of communications and telecommunications law including transactional and contract negotiations for broadcast station mergers and acquisitions, the securing of financing, governmental auctions of new frequencies, license renewals, new stations applications, facility changes, facility upgrades, licensing, and compliance with FCC rules, regulations and policies.

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