The cable and cell phone music provider called Music Choice has hired lobbyists from Arent Fox to work on licensing issues, according to a lobbying registration submitted to Congress September 10.
Arent Fox lobbyists Dan Renberg and Philip English, a former Republican congressman from Pennsylvania, are leading the firm's work on the account. On the registration form, the lobbying issues listed are "music licensing and royalties."
According to a congressional database, this is the first time Music Choice has retained lobbyists.
Music Choice is popularly known for their music channels on a variety of cable television systems. The company is a partnership owned by a consortium of groups including Comcast Cable Communications, Time Warner, Cox Communications, EMI, Microsoft, Motorola and Sony Corporation of America.
Renberg said that Music Choice has been a legal client of Arent Fox's for a long time, particularly for assistance with copyright issues.
"Anticipating Congressional activity in this area," Renberg said, "MC has asked our firm to provide strategic guidance and assistance as it briefs policymakers on its music services, which have more than 40 million listeners on their Music Channels listening an average of 28 hours a week."