A new bill before Congress, backed by the record industry, hopes to compensate performers whose songs play on the radio, according to Red Orbit. It's a key ruling for the record industry, since CD
sales are falling and digital sales are not soaring. The bill could also reward artists with an estimated $70 million to $100 million each year from radio stations abroad that play music from American
artists but don't pay royalties. Similar legislation has failed in the past; it has often been blocked by the National Association of Broadcasters, which argues that performers and record labels
already receive necessary compensation. However, some ground has been gained by decisions regarding Internet and satellite radio.