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Goodlatte Applauds House Passage of Judiciary Committee’s Bipartisan Music Licensing Legislation

Hatch-Goodlatte Music Modernization Act to be Signed into Law

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Washington, September 26, 2018 | Pete Larkin (540-857-2672) | comments
The Hatch-Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (H.R. 1551) is bipartisan legislation that updates several key provisions of U.S. copyright law regarding music licensing
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The House of Representatives today approved the Hatch-Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (H.R. 1551), bipartisan legislation that updates several key provisions of U.S. copyright law regarding music licensing. This consensus legislation is a product of the House Judiciary Committee’s comprehensive copyright review and was 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.).

Congressman Goodlatte applauded today’s vote in the statement below.

Congressman Goodlatte:
“Today’s House passage of the bipartisan Hatch-Goodlatte Music Modernization Act is a major victory for American music creators, music distributors, and the music listening public. This legislation, which modernizes our music copyright laws so music creators are fairly compensated for their works, finally brings our music laws into the digital age.

“I appreciate the hard work of the many House and Senate Judiciary Committee Members who came together on this legislative package. Music has such an immense impact on all of our daily lives and with this important legislation headed to the President’s desk, we will help ensure the sustainability of the evolving American music industry for decades to come.”

Key Provisions of the Hatch-Goodlatte Music Modernization Act include:

Title I – Music Modernization Act

• Reflects how modern digital music services operate by creating a blanket licensing system to quickly license and pay for musical work copyrights
• Discourages music litigation that generates legal settlements in favor of simply ensuring that artists and copyright owners are paid in the first place without such litigation
• Ends the flawed U.S. Copyright Office bulk notice of intent system that allows royalties to not be paid
• Implements uniform rate setting standards to be used by the Copyright Royalty Board for all music services
• Shifts the costs of the new licensing collective created by the bill to those who benefit from the collective - the licensees
• Updates how certain rate court cases are assigned in the Southern District of New York

Title II -- Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society (CLASSICS) Act

• Provides that performers who recorded songs before 1972 can finally be paid for their works (currently, only performers who recorded songs after 1972 are paid for their works)

Title III -- Allocation for Music Producers (AMP) Act

• Ensures that record producers, sound engineers, and other creative professionals receive compensation for their work

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