• What’s Up with the Music Modernization Act?

    by  • January 25, 2018 • Legislation, News

    On Friday, January 26, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., the US House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing before the full committee on music policy:

    Music Policy Issues: A Perspective from Those Who Make It
    https://judiciary.house.gov/hearing/music-policy-issues-perspective-make/

    It is worth your while to read the submitted written testimony (included in the link above) from a range of artists involved with producing, recording and songwriting.

    The bills mentioned are:

    Most of the major industry voices support these bills.

    RIAA, NMPA, Recording Academy and More Announce Support for Music Modernization Act, Other Legislation
    http://variety.com/2018/biz/news/riaa-nmpa-recording-academy-and-more-announce-support-for-music-modernization-act-other-legislation-1202657104/

    However, the picture is not all roses for some, particularly small publishers and songwriters.

    Timed Out and Tuned Out: The Forfeiture of Unclaimed Royalties and the Loss of Meaningful Access to Litigation Under the Music Modernization Act
    http://www.sgrlaw.com/client-alerts/timed-out-and-tuned-out-the-forfeiture-of-unclaimed-royalties-and-the-loss-of-meaningful-access-to-litigation-under-the-music-modernization-act/

    “While many in the music industry welcome this bill, smaller publishers and musicians may be surprised to learn that several of the provisions in the Music Modernization Act may harm their interests.”

    In addition, the bill “effectively shuts down any potential legal claims on unpaid mechanical royalties from companies like Spotify.”
    https://artistrightswatch.com/2018/01/10/truth-will-out-digitalmusicnws-surprise-the-music-modernization-act-prohibits-litigation-against-streaming-services-with-new-safe-harbor/

    We encourage those in the industry who have a stake in these bills to read and follow commentary as the bill proceeds through the Judiciary Committee, and to contact your trade association and members of the Committee with your concerns.

    Further reading:

    A collection of comment on the Music Modernization Act from Artists Rights Watch
    https://artistrightswatch.com/tag/music-modernization-act/

    Music Modernization Act launched in the US – The 1709 Blog
    https://the1709blog.blogspot.com/2018/01/music-modernization-act-launched-in-us.html

     

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