CCAGW Urges Support for Music Copyright Modernization Act

April 11, 2018

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Member of the House Judiciary Committee,

On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to support H.R. 5447, the Music Modernization Act.

The House Judiciary Committee has been working to reform copyright law for the past two Congresses. This legislation is the first comprehensive effort to address the inequities in compensation within the music industry.

H.R. 5447 is a compilation of three bills that seek to bring equity to the music copyright system in the digital age. H.R. 5447 includes the Music Modernization Act of 2017 (MMA), which would simplify digital music licensing rights and increase royalty payments to copyright holders based on a willing buyer/willing seller standard. It creates a single licensing entity to administer mechanical reproduction rights for digital music compositions, and eliminate the bulk notice of intent process through the Copyright Office, which can prevent songwriters from receiving full compensation for their work and being paid in a timely manner. The Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society (CLASSICS) Act would provide a public performance right for pre-1972 recordings. The Allocation for Music Producers (AMP) Act would ensure that record producers, sound engineers, and other creative professionals are compensated for their work.

H.R. 5447 is a good step forward in providing across-the-board equity for those working in the music industry. I applaud the committee for its hard work, and urge your support for H.R. 5447, the Music Modernization Act. All votes relating to H.R. 5447 may be considered in CCAGW’s 2018 Congressional Ratings.

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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