From the desk of Scott Legler, CEO American Political Radio LLC:
As owner, and founder of American Political Radio LLC, I’ve been given the wonderful opportunity to engage with Stream Licensing LLC, as they fight along with other group members against ASCAP regarding royalties that get paid to Artists for their creativity and work that radio stations such as APR LLC play and incorporate into our programming on a daily basis. ASCAP represents many of the “larger” big name Artists in the musical industry regarding the royalties that they are paid for their music being streamed online.
It’s been discovered that Stream Licensing LLC has actually overpaid ASCAP in fees over the years, and when ASCAP was asked for a refund of the over payments that didn’t seem to make them very happy. Instead, ASCAP has decided to take the bullish route and come after some of the online streaming stations that provide online entertainment to millions of people around the world.
Stream Licensing LLC, is backing all of their members, including American Political Radio LLC, and providing legal services to those streaming stations being singled out by ASCAP. I happen to agree with Stream Licensing LLC’s stance of “United we stand, divided we fall” approach to the overpowering music industry’s bullish approach to royalties being paid to ASCAP and their clients.
While we all want to see each and every Artist fairly paid for their work, it’s also important that streaming radio companies are charged fair fees. Otherwise we cannot maintain and operate a profitable business model, which brings the work of the artists to millions of people across the world. Streaming radio is an asset to these Artists in many ways, as actual physical album sales continue to fall with the onset of the Internet age.
American Political Radio LLC stands by the fair compensation of all Artists both large and small. We also stand by the efforts of Stream Licensing LLC one hundred percent, and will stand by them through every step of this process regarding all legal issues with ASCAP.