Kevin Richardson Fights For Artists’ Rights… And Wins

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Backstreet Boys star is best known as 1/5 of the mega-selling Backstreet Boys. But he is also making a name for himself in the world of law. Fans can remember that in 2002, Kevin teamed up with Senator Hillary Clinton, Joe Lieberman, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to try to stop President George W. Bush from making changes to several environmental laws that would negatively affect the miners and mountainsides of the Kentucky countryside. Kevin even testified on Capitol Hill. Thanks to their efforts, Bush was never able to pass the bills he was pushing for. Kevin also picketed on Broadway to fight for the musicians who were canned from Broadway plays. A week later, the musicians’ positions were restored. Well now, another legislation has gone in Kevin’s favor. In September of last year, Kevin, the Dixie Chicks, Don Henley, the Eagles, Bing Crosby, and other artists testified in court that record labels have been breaking the law by falsely under-reporting artists’ royalties. The Backstreet Boys have had problems with Jive Records not properly reporting the numbers. Well according to’s Rumor Mill, California lawmakers just passed bill SB 1034 that would “give artists the assurance they deserve—that record companies must accurately report royalties to them or face penalties.” Today, Kevin-along with David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Toby Keith, Mya, Tim McGraw, Stevie Nicks, Pearl Jam, Bonnie Raitt, Michael Stipe, and more-is now protesting the FCC’s proposed de-regulation law that would allow monopolies like ClearChannel and Viacom to own even more radio stations, newspapers, and television networks.

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