Dallas, TX, May 22, 2020 — A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit concerning approximately $46 million in undistributed royalties held by the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund. The undistributed royalties are owed to session musicians and background vocalists (known as “nonfeatured performers” under the U.S. Copyright Act) on recordings that were played a sufficient number of times on noninteractive webcasting, satellite radio, or digital cable. Any nonfeatured performers on such covered recordings who have not already received the royalties that are due to them from the Fund are included in the settlement and are entitled to receive those unpaid royalties.
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