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Updated Music-Copyright Law Clears Senate Panel

Postby MrFredPFL » Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:00 am

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Legislation that aims to revamp an outdated music-licensing system and help songwriters get paid more won the unanimous approval of the Senate Judiciary Committee, paving the way for a full Senate vote on the bill, a version of which has already cleared the House of Representatives.

The Music Modernization Act, or MMA, updates copyright law for the digital age and is the result of unprecedented cooperation between the music industry and the streaming services that have upended how the business earns money.

The Senate bill and the House version, which the House passed in April, 415-0, are widely supported by major music publishers, songwriters and streaming services.

“We’re in the age of the Internet, and the laws governing what songwriters are paid are from the age of the player piano,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.), a co-sponsor of the bill introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) in May.

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