The event on Tuesday will feature staples like “Respect,” which, when played on the radio, make money for their writers (in this case, Otis Redding) but not their most famous performers (like Aretha Franklin). Others scheduled to appear include the singers Tift Merritt and Jennifer Charles; the bassist Melvin Gibbs; and Chris Ruen, the author of the book “Freeloading: How Our Insatiable Hunger for Free Content Starves Creativity.” Laws passed in the 1990s guarantee royalties to performers from online streams, but the United States remains almost alone in the world for not paying this “performance right,” as it is known, on terrestrial radio.

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