Music Licensing Reform

Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act Signed into Law on October 11, 2018

Copyright Alliance Summary

When laws governing music-licensing were no longer working as intended for artists, songwriters, performers, producers and record labels, historic legislation titled the Music Modernization Act (MMA) was proposed to bring music copyright law into the digital age. After unanimous passage by both the House and the Senate, the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act was signed into law on October 11, 2018, by President Trump. Important changes that the Music Modernization Act will bring include the following:

  • Improvements regarding songwriter compensation – including streamlining how their music is licensed by creating a blanket license and a collective to administer that license; and improving royalty rate proceedings;
  • Enabling artists who recorded music prior to 1972 to be paid royalties when their music is played on digital radio; and
  • Enabling studio professional to receive royalties for their contributions to the music they help create.

STATEMENTS AND PRESS RELEASES

The Music Modernization Act Is Now Law: ASCAP Statements on Presidential Approval| ASCAP

A2IM Applauds Signage of Historic Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act| A2IM

musicFIRST Coalition Celebrates as Music Modernization Action Becomes Law of the Land| musicFIRST

Historic Hatch-Goodlatte Music Modernization Act Signed into Law| NMPA

President Trump Signs Hatch’s “Most Important Legislation in a Generation to Help Songwriters” into Law| Senator Hatch

Copyright Alliance Commends Supporters of Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act as It’s Enacted into Law 504| Copyright Alliance

Rep Lieu Statement on President Trump Signing the Music Modernization Act into Law| Rep. Lieu

Music Modernization Act Signed into Law| BMI

Statements of Support from Steve Bogard, President, Nashville Songwriter Association International (NSAI) and Bart Herbison, NSAI Executive Director| Senator Hatch

RIAA Video Message| RIAA

Historic Music Modernization Act Becomes Law| SoundExchange

NMPA

Recording Academy

SESAC

musicFIRST

Recording Academy

Copyright Alliance

United States Copyright Office

ARTICLES AND COVERAGE

Truly a Historic Moment’: Music Business Reacts to Music Modernization Act Becoming Law| Billboard

Music Modernization Act Signing Ceremony Video| October 11, 2018/C-SPAN

Summary of MMA by USCO | USCO

President Trump Signs the Music Modernization Act into Law| Engadget

Trump, flanked by Nashville artists, signs landmark Music Modernization Act into law| Tennessean

President Trump Signs Music Modernization Act Into Law With Kid Rock, Sam Moore As Witnesses| Billboard

The Music Modernization Act Has Been Signed into Law| The Verge

Trump Signs Landmark Music Bill into Law| Rolling Stone

Kanye West to Join Trump for White House Signing of Music Modernization Act| Variety

‘Truly a Historic Moment’: Music Business Reacts to Music Modernization Act Becoming Law| Billboard

H.R. 1551 Bill Text

STATEMENTS AND PRESS RELEASES

SESAC Statement | SESAC

RIAA Video Message| RIAA

SoundExchange Statement| SoundExchange

Senator Lamar Alexander Video Message | Senator Alexander

Recording Academy on MMA Passing the House | Recording Academy

Final Passage of Music Modernization Act In The House Brings Copyright Reform Closer | Recording Academy

Copyright Alliance Commends House on Passing the Hatch Goodlatte Music Modernization Act 429 | Copyright Alliance

Music Modernization Act Unanimously Passes House of Representatives | BMI

The MMA Has Just Passed the House and is Now Titled the Hatch Goodlatte Music Modernization Act | A2IM

U.S. House of Representatives Passes the Hatch-Goodlatte Music Modernization Act | NSAI

House Sends Music Modernization Act for President’s Signature | Representative Collins

Hatch Celebrates Unanimous Passage of MMA in House and Senate | Senator Hatch

David Israelite: The Music Modernization Act Marks a New Era for the Music Industry| Billboard

Copyright Alliance Commends Senate on Today’s Unanimous Passage of Music Modernization Act 429 | Copyright Alliance

ASCAP Statements on Senate Passage of The Music Modernization Act | CISAC

SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe Statement on Music Modernization Act | SoundExchange

The musicFIRST Coalition Applauds Unanimous Passage of the Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act by the U.S. Senate  | musicFIRST

Video by RIAA President Mitch Glazier, Thanking All MMA Supporters| RIAA

ARTICLES AND COVERAGE

Music Modernization Act Unanimously Passes the House, Goes to Trump | Paste Magazine

Congress Sings from Same Digital Compensation Songbook | Multichannel News

Understanding the Music Modernization Act: Highlights and Benefits for Artists, Songwriters | HypeBot.com

Musicians celebrating new bill that helps them get paid|Axios

Congress Passes Bill Updating Music Copyright Protections for the Spotify Era | Wall Street Journal

NMPA CEO: The Music Modernization Act Marks a New Era for the Music Industry  | RightsTech Project

Music Modernization Act Clears the House, Heads to President to be Signed| Tennessean

Music Modernization Act On the Brink of Becoming Law, Awaits Only President’s Signature | Billboard

Bill Overhauling Songwriter Royalties Heads to Trump’s Desk | Washington Post

Breaking: Hatch-Goodlatte Music Modernization Act Passes House Vote | MusicRow

A Momentous Day as US Senate Passes Music Modernization Act| Music Business Worldwide

Senate Passes Music Modernization Act | Variety Staff

MMA Passes Senate, NMPA Whoops it Up| Daily Double

Breaking: Music Modernization Act Passes United States Senate | MusicRow

U.S. and Europe Regulators Make Some Waves Toward Copyright Protection |Forbes

Industry Reacts to Music Modernization Act Passage: Recording Academy, SoundExchange, ASCAP, RIAA, c3, More | Hypebot.com

Music Modernization Act Passes Senate by Unanimous Consent | Illusion of More

Markup of S. 2823

STATEMENTS AND PRESS RELEASES

Music Modernization Act Passes Unanimously in Senate Judiciary Committee | Recording Academy

SoundExchange Issues Statement on Senate Judiciary Committee Approval of the Music Modernization Act | SoundExchange

ASCAP Statement Regarding the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Unanimous Passage of Music Modernization Act | ASCAP

NAB Statement on Senate Judiciary Passage of Music Modernization Act | NAB

RIAA Reaction to Senate Judiciary Committee Passage of Music Modernization Act | RIAA

NMPA Praises Senate Judiciary Committee Passage of Music Modernization Act | NMPA

Music Modernization Act Sails Through Senate Judiciary Committee; Industry Reacts | Billboard

Hatch and Bipartisan Senators Introduce Major Music Reform Package | Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

Copyright Alliance Commends Introduction of S. 2823 – The Music Modernization Act 429 | Copyright Alliance

Bipartisan Senators Introduce Major Music Reform Package | Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)

Alexander to Rotarians: Congress Should Pass Legislation This Year to Help Songwriters Be Paid Fair Market Value for Their Work | Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Isakson Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators to Introduce Music License Reform | Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)

Leahy Joins Hatch And Other Senators To Introduce Major Music Reform Package | Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

Statement from SoundExchange President & CEO Michael Huppe on Introduction of Music Licensing Package in the U.S. Senate | SoundExchange

ARTICLES AND COVERAGE

Congress, end a longstanding injustice for legacy music creators | Washington Examiner

The Story Behind the Song: Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” and the Legislation with the Power to Deliver More Hits Like It | GIPC

Motown Royalty Takes On Digital Streaming Before Congress | CBS News, San Francisco

Smokey Robinson Seeks Stronger Copyright Laws From Congress | News Max

Songwriters, music executives urge Congress to pass first music copyright reform in decades | USA Today

RIAA President Mitch Glazier Urges Passage of Music Modernization Act in Senate Testimony | Billboard

Music Modernization Act, Digital Rights Issues Take Center Stage At Music Biz 2018 | Billboard

6 Things To Know About the Music Modernization Act, S. 2823 429 | Copyright Alliance

Senate Introduces Music Modernization Act | Variety

SoundExchange, RIAA, ASCAP, BMI, Others Voice Strong Support Of Senate’s Music Modernization Act | Hypebot

Music Modernization Act Introduced In U.S. Senate After Passing House of Representatives | Billboard

Markup of  H.R. 5447

House Report 115-651 – MUSIC MODERNIZATION ACT

STATEMENTS AND PRESS RELEASES

Copyright Alliance Applauds Yesterday’s Intro & Today’s Unanimous Passage of Music Modernization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5447) | Copyright Alliance

Goodlatte, Nadler, Collins, Jeffries, Issa, Johnson, Smith, Deutch, Introduce Music Licensing Package | House Judiciary Committee

New Music Modernization Act Unanimously Approved by House Committee | RIAA

Statement On The House Judiciary Committee Passage Of The Music Modernization Act | Internet Association

Collins Praises Judiciary Passage of Music Modernization Act | Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.)

ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews Statement on Introduction of Music Modernization Act H.R. 5447 | ASCAP

musicFIRST Applauds Introduction of Comprehensive Music Reform Legislation | musicFIRST Coalition

ARTICLES AND COVERAGE

Reps. McCarthy, Goodlatte, Collins: Let the music play! And let’s protect the rights of those who create it | Fox News

Music Modernization Act Introduced in House and Senate | Copyright Clearance Center

Music Modernization Act Approved by House Judiciary Committee | Variety

A Supersized Music Modernization ‘Mega-Act’ Is Being Introduced Into Congress | Digital Music News

Music Modernization Act Approved by House Judiciary Committee; Steven Tyler, Execs Weigh In | Variety

Sweeping New Legislation Highlights Just How Much Music And Tech Need Each Other | NPR Music

Music Modernization Act Introduced in Congress With Bipartisan Support | Billboard

From Player Pianos to Paper Notices: A Modern Update to Music Licensing Is Long Overdue (Guest Column) | Billboard

LEGISLATION

Summary

Senate Music Modernization Act – S. 2334

House Music Modernization Act – H.R. 4706

MUSIC MODERNIZATION ACT PETITION

Songwriter Petition to Congress: Pass the Music Modernization Act Go Petition

STATEMENTS AND PRESS RELEASES

Copyright Alliance Commends Reps. Collins and Jeffries on Introduction of Music Modernization Act (H.R. 4706) 429 | Copyright Alliance

Licensing Reform Legislation Wins Unified Support of Key Music Leaders | NMPA & NSAI NMPA, RIAA, A2IM, the Recording Academy, NSAI, SONA, ASCAP, BMI, PMA, CMPA, MPA, CMC, SCL, MusicAnswers, AFM, SAG-AFTRA, AIMP, SoundExchange, SX Works, AGM, Content Creators Coalition, and Music Managers Forum U.S.

Coalition Praises Senate Introduction of the Music Modernization Act | NMPA, ASCAP, BMI, NSAI, SONA

NMPA Praises Introduction of Music Modernization Act | NMPA

BMI Supports Introduction of the Music Modernization Act of 2017 | BMI

Bipartisan Senators Introduce “Most Significant Change in Music Licensing Laws in Decades” | Senators Hatch, Alexander, Coons, Corker, Durbin, Jones, Isakson, Whitehouse

ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews Releases Statement on Music Modernization Act | ASCAP

Sound Royalties Applauds the Bipartisan Music Modernization Act | Sound Royalties

Statement from SXWorks, a SoundExchange Company: Bipartisan Group of Legislators Introduces Music Modernization Act (H.R. 4706) | SXWorks

U.S. Rep. Collins Introduces Music Modernization Act to Reform Licensing Landscape | ASCAP

OP-ED COVERAGE

Songwriters will win with Music Modernization Act | Sen. Lamar Alexander, The Tennessean

The Music Modernization Act will provide a needed update to copyright laws | Rep. Doug Collins, The Hill

Billboard Op-Ed: It’s Time for Facebook to Accept Songwriters’ Friend Request | David Israelite, Billboard

ARTICLES AND COVERAGE

Recording Academy, RIAA, NMPA, ASCAP and BMI Unite to Give Full-Throated Endorsement of Licensing Reforms | Billboard

Senators Seek to Streamline Music Licensing, Boost Payments to Songwriters | Variety

Congress may actually fix music royalties | The Verge

How Lamar Alexander brokered deal that led to Music Modernization Act | Tennessean

Senate introduces Music Modernization Act—understand how it affects songwriters | ALT Press

Music Modernization Act Introduced in the Senate | American Songwriter

Music Modernization Act: 4 Big Things You Need To Know | Law360

Music Modernization Act Introduced In Senate | NewsChannel 5 WTVF

Senators Seek to Streamline Music Licensing, Boost Royalty Payments with the Music Modernization Act | SPIN

Music Modernization Act of 2017 Introduced on Capitol Hill | Radio World

The Government Shutdown, But Congress Might Fix Music Royalties | FADER

Music Modernization Act introduced into US Senate | Complete Music News

Senators introduce the Music Modernization Act | RAIN News

David Israelite Q&A Podcast with Wharton Business Radio / Songwriters Strike a Discordant Note Over Control of Their Music | Wharton University of Pennsylvania KNOWLEDGE@WHARTON

Lawmakers Introduce Music Modernization Act, Which Simplifies Digital Licensing and Increases Rates | Variety

Senate Moves Forward on Music Modernization Act | Billboard

National Association of Broadcasters Signs On to Support Music Modernization Act | Billboard

Alexander: Songwriters will win with Music Modernization Act | The Tennessean

Can Spotify Pull Off Music’s Power Move? | The Hollywood Reporter

What Is The Music Modernization Act and Who Supports It? | Hypebot

Beyond Live: Music Modernization Bill Hits Capitol Hill, But Can It Pass? | Pollstar

Joint Statement on Deal Resolving Broadcaster Issues with Music Modernization Act | Broadway World

Songwriter Tom Douglas To Testify During Judiciary Committee Field Hearing | Music Row

Bipartisan senators introduce ‘most significant change in music licensing laws in decades’ | CBS Salt Lake City – KUTV

What Senators Are Saying About Their Music Modernization Act | Radio Ink

Senate Bill Creates Music Streaming Compensation Framework | Multichannel News

Senate introduces Music Modernization Act—understand how it affects songwriters | Alternative Press

LEGISLATION

Summary


CLASSICS Act – S. 2393

STATEMENTS AND PRESS RELEASES

Statement by musicFIRST Following Sen. Wyden’s Introduction of ACCESS to Recordings Act | musicFIRST

Licensing Reform Legislation Wins Unified Support of Key Music Leaders | NMPA & NSAI NMPA, RIAA, A2IM, the Recording Academy, NSAI, SONA, ASCAP, BMI, PMA, CMPA, MPA, CMC, SCL, MusicAnswers, AFM, SAG-AFTRA, AIMP, SoundExchange, SX Works, AGM, Content Creators Coalition, and Music Managers Forum U.S.

Musical Icons Stand up for Right to Be Paid by Digital Radio Services in Powerful Court Filing | RIAA

Articles and Coverage

As Music Modernization Act Enters Senate, Anti-Copyright Activists Come Out of the Woodwork | Billboard

LEGISLATION

Summary


The Allocation for Music Producers (AMP) Act – H.R. 881

STATEMENTS AND PRESS RELEASES

Licensing Reform Legislation Wins Unified Support of Key Music Leaders | NMPA & NSAI NMPA, RIAA, A2IM, the Recording Academy, NSAI, SONA, ASCAP, BMI, PMA, CMPA, MPA, CMC, SCL, MusicAnswers, AFM, SAG-AFTRA, AIMP, SoundExchange, SX Works, AGM, Content Creators Coalition, and Music Managers Forum U.S.

Rooney, Crowley Reintroduce AMP Act to Allow Music Producers to Receive Fair Pay Rep. Rooney and Rep. Crowley

ARTICLES AND COVERAGE

The AMP Act Turns Up The Volume On Fair Pay For Studio Pros | GrammyPro

Bill to Provide Producers, Mixers and Engineers Digital Royalties Introduced in the House | Billboard

AMP Act to Deliver Fair Pay for Producers, Engineers | Prosound News