Opinions on the new Music Modernization Act

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Opinions on the new Music Modernization Act

Post by aasavickas » Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:11 am

I'm an attorney and musician. However, I don't practice in this area. I'm curious what the opinions of any folks who work on the business side are of this new law.

According to a Rolling Stone article the law is:

"Intended to update music copyright law for the digital era, H.R. 1551 (formally the “Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act”) accomplishes three key things: making sure songwriters and artists receive royalties on songs recorded before 1972; allocating royalties for music producers; and updating licensing and royalty rules for streaming services to pay rights-holders in a more streamlined fashion, via a new, independent entity. Under the act, many music creators will have a more reliable way of collecting the money that they’re due.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/musi ... ct-736185/

Disclaimer: I'm not interested in a political discussion about the current president. I just want to hear some opinions on whether this will actually help artists get paid and encourage more music making.
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Re: Opinions on the new Music Modernization Act

Post by SimmonsTrombone » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:33 am

I don’t know much about the act, either, but Hatch is a published songwriter so maybe the act has merit.
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Re: Opinions on the new Music Modernization Act

Post by AndrewMeronek » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:31 am

I like that *something* got passed. I'd like to see a more comprehensive overview of the law, meant specifically for musicians to read, instead of the simplified news reel blurbs.
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Re: Opinions on the new Music Modernization Act

Post by LeTromboniste » Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:09 am

AndrewMeronek wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:31 am
I like that *something* got passed. I'd like to see a more comprehensive overview of the law, meant specifically for musicians to read, instead of the simplified news reel blurbs.
Yeah, same here. Although I won't be affected by it (except if it bleeds through to future similar laws north of the border), I would love to know more details but all I can find in the news is broad statements about what meant to do, and no details about how it'll actually be done
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Re: Opinions on the new Music Modernization Act

Post by aasavickas » Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:40 am

I have a friend who is an entertainment attorney and a bit of a big shot in the music industry. I'll reach out to him and see what he thinks about it.
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