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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed April 25th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 415 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      House Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedApril 10th, 2018

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What is it?

This bill — the Music Modernization Act — would update several provisions of U.S. copyright law regarding music licensing to reflect how digital music services operate while ensuring that royalties can be collected on pre-1972 recordings and by creative professionals. A summary of its three sections (the Music Modernization Act, the CLASSICS Act, and the AMP Act) can be found below.

Music Modernization Act

This section would establish a music licensing collective to license musical copyrights, collect and distribute royalties from digital music providers. It would also maintain a public database of compositions, their owners, who wrote them, and who administers them. The costs of maintaining the new non-profit collective would be paid for through royalties from licensees.

The Copyright Royalty Board would use uniform rate setting standards for all music services which would be established by proceedings in which copyright holders and licensees negotiate a rate schedule, which would be in effect until a successor schedule is agreed by the parties.

CLASSICS Act

This section would require the payment of royalties to both rights holders and artists for the use of their recordings which were made before 1972. Currently, digital broadcasters don’t pay royalties on songs recorded prior to 1972.

Its full title is the Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society (CLASSICS) Act.

AMP Act

This section would enable record producers, sound engineers, and other creative professionals to receive compensation for their work when their recordings are used on satellite and online radio services.

Its full title is the Allocation for Music Producers (AMP) Act.

Impact

Musicians, producers, and engineers; the music licensing collective; and digital music services.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced this bill to update music copyright law to ensure that artists, producers, and engineers receive royalties for their work in the digital era:

“Today’s Committee passage of the bipartisan Music Modernization Act is the culmination  of the House Judiciary Committee’s comprehensive multi-year review of our nation’s copyright laws, as well as years of effort by interested stakeholders and many members of our Committee. This legislation, which is the first major update to our music licensing laws in decades, brings early 20th century music laws for the analog era into the 21st Century digital era.”

Original cosponsor Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) added:

“Today’s Judiciary Committee passage of the Music Modernization Act is the culmination of several years of hard work, and I appreciate the many stakeholders across the music industry, and all of my colleagues, who worked with Chairman Goodlatte and me to bring us to this point. This vital legislation will bring the music licensing system into the digital age and I look forward to working with the Chairman, and all those who made this bill a reality, to see that it is enacted into law.”

This legislation passed the House Judiciary Committee on a 32-0 vote and has the support 46 bipartisan cosponsors, including 25 Democrats and 21 Republicans.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Wachiwit / iStock)

AKA

Music Modernization Act

Official Title

To modernize copyright law, and for other purposes.

    Once again we need to modernize our laws to reflect technological changes in real life
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    I've paid music royalties each time when purchasing the same music on different media. This is wrong. Also, bear in mind, generally the ones pushig this sort of thing are the labels, not the artists, which get a tiny fraction of the royalty.
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    There is little that matters as much as art. Art offers us joy when all around us is shattered. Artists are the visionaries of every culture. In other words, short story long as is my wiring, of course artists deserve to be paid. Yes!
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    Yeah definitely, the internet brought illegal pirating to a level where everyone thinks music should be free. Music is a product and stealing a product is a crime wherever you go. The artists who aren’t the top billed are hurting the most from this and will benefit the most from stricter laws too.
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    Artists that have songs from before 1972 should be able to receive royalties, for aired products.
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    Protecting artists is always a good thing. Please support.
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    There are people out there who are creating fabulous pieces of art that are not properly compensated for their work. All artists should receive money for their contributions even when they created music before 1972 that’s now being distributed through digital services.
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    Artists invest a lot of their own money into creating music we can listen to. It is a shame that companies take advantage of artists for the sake of their bottom line. Every artist should be receiving what is due to them.
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    I know artists, like actors deserve what is due them. But with the departing of vinyl records, tapes and cds what do artists think. Once over the air it belongs to everyone and anyone. Looks like artists need to be more aggressive on negotiating money for their singing.because most of them don’t write their own songs. There is no need to have congress involved in this process, remember capitalism, supply and demand
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    Yes.. we would like to keep good musicians around and encourage people to become good musicians.. if the pay is taken away or minimized.. folks won’t want to make music
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    what people create, they have a right to be compensated for. new tech has created a very difficult environment for small musicians to survive. need this so badly. the new tech services are literally stealing musicians work. this closes the loophole and protects artists.
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    Artist having more protection for their creation is always a ya for me.
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    Royalties, dumbest thing I've ever heard of. Copyrighting sounds... for God's sake, the government will stick it's hand in anything it can profit from.
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    Why do we have a music modernization act? Why is the government involved in this?
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    End perpetual copyrights. Songs before 1972 should be public domain after the performer’s death. STOP CORPORATE WELFARE!
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    Wasting valuable Congressional time on something that already exists! Move on to important things.
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    Everyone is in it for a buck or two or three!! I guess it’s time to update it but at the same time there needs to be a series of checks and balances to make sure the new law can fit the needs as time goes on!
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    For anyone wondering, I just found it. I’m hoping to read it soon. https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hr5447/BILLS-115hr5447ih.xml
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    It'd be nice to have a description, sponsor, etc. listed. Especially since it's up for a vote this week...
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    This is not the way to update copyright law
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