"The Music Modernization Act is a Good Solution for Songwriters. Don’t Combine It with Bad Copyright Bills"

Mitch Stoltz has published "The Music Modernization Act is a Good Solution for Songwriters. Don't Combine It with Bad Copyright Bills" in DeepLinks.

Here's an excerpt:

For the first time in six years, Congress is considering serious changes to copyright law. As you might imagine, those changes are a mixed bag for the public. One bill, the Music Modernization Act, would create a new system for compensating songwriters and music publishers when their songs are played on digital services. It solves a problem recognized by nearly everyone in the music space. And while the bill has some problematic text that needs fixing, it's a good effort.

Unfortunately, the MMA has now been combined with a harmful bill, the “CLASSICS Act,” which would create a new form of pseudo-copyright for recordings from before 1972, adding on new royalties and penalties without giving anything back to the public. And other dangerous bills could get added as amendments: the “CASE Act” and the “Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act.”

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Author: Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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