Legendary recording artists MARY WILSON and SAM MOORE, along with the RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, praised HAWAII’s enactment of the TRUTH IN MUSIC ADVERTISING ACT today, designed to help protect the livelihood of legacy musical groups and artists by preventing “impostor” performers from improperly using the legacy act’s name.
GOVERNOR DAVID IGE signed the bill into law today after passing the legislature unanimously.
Commented MARY WILSON, founding member of THE SUPREMES, “This legislation will help stop ‘fake groups’ from using our own hard-earned name to take work away from us. We worked to earn our legacies – our name – and we earn our living by touring. We can’t afford to lose gigs to bogus groups, and music fans shouldn’t be misled into paying for fakes. Thank you to HAWAII for enacting this important law.”
Added ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME inductee SAM MOORE, “I am part of a generation of music creators who defined AMERICAN culture and made our country the music leader it has been for decades. Those creators – those legends – deserve to be recognized and not to have their identities and hard work invaded, misappropriated, or stolen, and the fans who have been loyal and supportive all these years should never be deceived by fakes and phonies.”
Added RIAA SVP State Public Policy And Industry Relations RAFAEL FERNANDEZ, “We would like to thank HAWAII HOUSE Speaker SCOTT SAIKI, SENATE President RON KOUCHI and SENATE MAJORITY Leader J. KALANI ENGLISH for their work to pass this bill and protect the legacies of thousands of classic artists, while protecting HAWAII’s consumers from paying to see fraudulent groups.”
Similar legislation has been enacted in 34 states to date.