Washington, D.C. — Today the House of Representatives will consider the bipartisan Music Modernization Act (H.R. 5447), which updates several key provisions of U.S. copyright law regarding music licensing. The legislation — a product of the House Judiciary Committee’s comprehensive copyright review and introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee Vice Chairman Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee Ranking Member Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), former House Judiciary Committee Chairman and current Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), and Representative Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) — enjoys the support of a broad coalition representing many vital sectors of the American economy.
Here’s some of what stakeholders are saying. The full list of supporters can be found here.
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA): “As this historic legislation begins to advance through Congress, we move one step closer to the finish line. This bill is the result of thoughtful, extensive examination of the patchwork of antiquated music licensing laws that poorly serve creators. This includes the unintended and unfair quirk in the law that denies legacy artists the federal right to be compensated by digital radio services.”
National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA): “…the Music Modernization Act (MMA) is a critical step towards finally fixing the system to pay songwriters what they deserve. There is unprecedented consensus and momentum behind this bill, and we look forward to seeing it soon pass the full House.”
Internet Association: “Internet Association commends you for your dedication to improving the music licensing system through the Music Modernization Act. Your leadership has led to a bill that has broad bipartisan support and has achieved consensus among industry and city society stakeholders. We support passage by the House of the Music Modernization Act.”
Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI): “As Congress prepares to consider the Music Modernization Act, the bill continues to gain unprecedented support from songwriters across the country.”
Songwriters of North America (SONA): “It’s no secret that the advent of digital technology has caused massive upheaval in the music business. Fortunately, there is legislation currently moving through Congress that seeks to address the systemic problems facing songwriters whether independent or signed to publishers. It’s part of the Music Modernization Act and we at Songwriters of North America believe that if it passes, it will significantly improve our ability to collect our fair share of revenue in the digital marketplace going forward.”
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB): “NAB commends [the] introduction of the Music Modernization Act, which represents a level of compromise and consensus on music licensing issues that has eluded lawmakers for decades. The bill addresses some of the core issues facing songwriters, recording artists, producers, music publishers, record labels, and streaming services to benefit of the entire music ecosystem.”
Copyright Alliance: “The Music Modernization Act of 2018 joins together the Music Modernization Act of 2017, the CLASSICS Act, and the AMP Act, and will result in the most significant improvement of music copyright law in more than a generation. It will help make it easier for creators across the music industry to earn a more equitable living through their creativity.”
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI): “The U.S. songwriting community has embraced this legislation. Never before have so many music creators rallied to support a bill.”
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publisher (ASCAP): “After years of work to educate Congress about how outdated laws are harming America’s songwriters, it is great to see real legislative progress being made with the support of a broad community of music creators and stakeholders.”
Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), American Commitment, The American Conservative Union, American Legislative Exchange Council, Center for Individual Freedom, Citizens Against Government Waste, Consumer Action for a Strong Economy, Digital Liberty, Freedom Works, Frontiers of Freedom, Property Rights Alliance, Less Government, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, Institute for Policy Innovation, National Taxpayers Union, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Trade Alliance to Promote Prosperity: “The ability to create and disseminate musical works has never been easier than it is now through digital formats. Creators should be able to use new technologies to spread their work without worrying about which medium provides the best compensation. These bills update the compensation process in order to provide even more incentive and appreciation for the creative process, and finally acknowledge, in law, the changes that artists and their fans have already implemented.”
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center: “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports H.R. 5447, the Music Modernization Act, which is important legislation to update and modernize music licensing to ensure that creators receive royalties to which they are due, and which would streamline processes and procedures to benefit the entire industry.
“Taken together, these bills would help ensure fair compensation to artists and other creators, and increase certainty and efficiencies across the entire industry. We look forward to working with the entire Congress on these issues throughout the legislative process.”
Digital Media Association (DiMA): “On behalf of the nation’s leading digital music providers, the Digital Media Association writes to express its support for the prompt enactment of H.R. 5447, the Music Modernization Act, by the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Music licensing, as you know, is one of the most challenging and complex areas of federal copyright law. The lack of an authoritative and accurate database of music copyright ownership along with rules designed for an analog world have slowed the growth and development of interactive digital music services.
The Recording Academy: “A victory for all music creators, the bill brings music legislation into the 21st century and harmonizes the music industry with one comprehensive piece of legislation that aligns copyright law with the new music ecosystem…”
iHeartMedia: “… the Music Modernization Act, which represents a significant step forward in creating a music marketplace that better serves and balances the interests of artists, music services and consumers. Under the leadership of Chairman Goodlatte, the Committee conducted a collaborative, bipartisan and consensus-based process, and produced the first comprehensive reform of music licensing in decades.”
SoundExchange: “This legislation is moving forward because Congress has heard the voices of music creators asking for copyright laws that reflect the realities of today’s music marketplace. The modernization outlined in this bill is long overdue, and with the momentum created by its introduction, it’s critical that music creators continue reaching out to their representative to urge swift consideration of this legislation.”
musicFIRST: “We are pleased this bill now heads to the full House for a vote with the solid backing of the music community, digital music groups and internet companies. It is clear that now is the time to enact the MMA and update our music laws to fairly treat music creators across the country.”
Learn more about the Music Modernization Act by clicking here.