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Chriss Scherer Scherer has been the editor of Radio magazine since 1997. His experience in radio includes work as chief engineer at stations in Cleveland (WMMS-FM, WHK-AM, WZJM-FM, WJMO-AM...more

Copyright? What’s that?

I had to laugh when I saw the latest ongoing dig between the Music First Coalition and the NAB. When the Music First group issues a press release mocking the NAB, it reprinted the lyrics from the Beatles song We Can Work it Out without any attribution to the rights holder or author.

It was a non-commercial use, so it’s not the worst possible offense. Still, for a group so focused on rights and royalties, you think someone would have thought it through.

I first heard about it in a press release from the NAB.

Is this debate coming down to finger-wagging and “Oh yeah?” arguments?

It’s obviously a polarized issue. Terrestrial stations don’t want to pay. I recognize the symbiotic relationship there. As a musician, I also side with the performers: Compensate them for their work.

I look forward to the final resolution.

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