Thursday, June 28, 2018

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Music Modernization Act | hypebot

Music Modernization ActThe Senate Judiciary Committee today unanimously voted to approve the Music Modernization Act, including the CLASSICS Act. The comprehensive legislations updates music licensing laws for the streaming era.

Today's committee vote follows the unanimous approval by the House of Representatives of similar legislation.

RIAA President Mitch Glazier reacted to the Senate committee’s vote.

“We are grateful that the Senate Judiciary Committee has taken the next vital step to advance the Music Modernization Act. Music speaks to all parties, all people, in all places. And when a community comes together as we have done, with no segment getting everything they want but recognizing injustice and working toward a common goal, anything is possible. We welcome the momentum surrounding this bill and thank Senators Grassley, Feinstein, Hatch, Coons, Kennedy and all of the cosponsors, for leading the charge in the Senate to right a long-standing wrong with the CLASSICS Act. We look forward to Senate passage of the entire MMA, and this crucial bill finally becoming law.”

 ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews on today’s passage:

"ASCAP thanks Chairman Grassley for bringing the Music Modernization Act to markup and to Senators Hatch, Alexander and Whitehouse for being such stalwart champions of songwriters. We are happy to see this legislation move forward with such broad bipartisan support. While there is still more work to be done to create a fair environment for songwriters in the digital age, we hope the Senate will move swiftly to pass a version of this bill that preserves the much-needed benefits for music creators."


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