Music Modernization Act

From Radio Ink:   After a five-year review of U.S. copyright law, the House Judiciary Committee has introduced the Music Modernization Act. The Act will combine previously introduced legislation and reform music licensing laws. The goal is to reward creativity and encourage real innovation in the digital age. This new legislation should have very little impact on radio. Here are the key provisions in the legislation:

  • The Act creates a blanket licensing system to quickly license and pay for musical work copyrights. It discourages music litigation that generates legal settlements in favor of simply ensuring that artists and copyright owners are paid in the first place without such litigation.
  • Ends the flawed U.S. Copyright Office bulk notice of intent system that allows royalties to not be paid.
  • Implements uniform rate-setting standards to be used by the Copyright Royalty Board for all music services.
  • Shifts the costs of the new licensing collective created by the bill to the licensees.
  • Updates how certain rate court cases are assigned in the Southern District of New York.
  • The Act also provides a public performance right for pre-1972 recordings.
  • And the Act ensures that record producers, sound engineers, and other creative professionals receive compensation for their work.

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