Guest Post: The Music Modernization Act is Stifling Innovation in the Music Industry

[The chickens are coming home to roost.  As I warned before the Music Modernization Act was passed, Title I has big problems.  Remember that Title I established the Mechanical Licensing Collective (publishers and songwriters) and the Digital Licensee Coordinator (digital music platforms). It was sold to songwriters on the basis that “the services pay for … Continue reading Guest Post: The Music Modernization Act is Stifling Innovation in the Music Industry

Copyright Office Unclaimed Royalties Study Meeting 12/6/19

  One of the loose ends from Title I of the Music Modernization Act is how the Congress is going to permit the Mechanical Licensing Collective and the Digital Licensee Coordinator to process the “black box” or unclaimed royalties.   It’s common to hear people using the experience with various private settlements as a guide … Continue reading Copyright Office Unclaimed Royalties Study Meeting 12/6/19

Should the Copyright Office’s Best Practices Shine Sunlight on the Unmatched?

[This post first appeared in the MusicTechPolicy Monthly newsletter.  Become an email follower of this blog to get your copy.] We’ve all heard that the digital music services are sitting on a pile of cash in unmatched statutory mechanical royalties also known as the “black box”.  No one knows how much because Title I of … Continue reading Should the Copyright Office’s Best Practices Shine Sunlight on the Unmatched?

Let’s Not Miss An Opportunity to Include Startups in the Music Modernization Act

Who took on the Standard Oil men And whipped their ass Just like he promised he’d do? Ain’t no Standard Oil men gonna run this state Gonna be run by folks like me and you Kingfish, written by Randy Newman If you’re one of the small group that has actually read the Music Modernization Act, … Continue reading Let’s Not Miss An Opportunity to Include Startups in the Music Modernization Act

Holding the Line on Tradeoffs for Statutory Damages

Instead of creating fake problems to try to extract concessions that further undermine creators like offering ice in winter, the tech monopolies like Google, Spotify, Amazon and Pandora should identify real problems and work with us toward real solutions–and not a loophole-driven shakedown.

Five Things Congress Can Do to Stop Tens of Millions of “Address Unknown” NOIs

Amazon, Google, Pandora, Spotify and other tech companies are taking advantage of their influence in the Library of Congress to leverage a loophole in the Copyright Act to their great benefit and to songwriters great harm.

Congress can stop them overnight if the Congress will act.