In a fight to protect a potentially huge revenue source, musicians have joined the Recording Industry Association of America, the Wireless Association, the Consumer Electronics Association and others to lobby against possible government rules requiring that FM chips be installed in the future in various mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets. The disparate parties also announced this week that they would partner to support House Continuing Resolution 42 — dubbed the “Creativity and Innovation Resolution” sponsored by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) That measure specifically opposes the requirement for manufacturers to include FM chips when they build or distribute wireless mobile devices in the future.
What’s the huge concern about broadcast tuners in wireless mobile devices? Opponents fear they will pave the way for more FM radio broadcasting, which, they contend, inadequately pays artists for their works. They also worry broadcast growth will hinder and undercut those new devices and technologies that compensate musicians and performers through an array of revenue sources. The current congressional resolution endorses “creativity and innovation.” It opposes allowing individuals to create and promote technology that fails to both benefit consumers and the U.S. economy but also provides compensation to “artists, creators, and innovators.”