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From the New York Daily News

The hot-button issue of whether radio should pay performance royalties to artists for playing their music has split Michigan Democrat John Conyers from some of his long-time allies in the civil rights movement.

As head of the House Judiciary Committee, Conyers has scheduled a session Wednesday for the committee to “mark up” the Performance Rights Act and send it to the full House for action.

The Rev. Al Sharpton and the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, among others, have warned its impact would be “devastating” to minority stations, because they can’t afford more expenses in these hard times.

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