Music Modernization Act passes House of Representatives | The Music Universe

The invoice is one signature away from being regulation

The Music Modernization Act, now know because the The Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act (MMA), has unanimously handed the House Representatives after clearing the Senate final week. The invoice which is designed to enhance streaming royalty charges for American songwriters, will now go President Donald Trump’s desk for signing.

“The trajectory the Music Modernization Act has proven the facility music creators to impact actual change,” praises The Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow. “From its unanimous approval within the House Representatives in April, to its passage within the Senate final week, we now have seen unprecedented advocacy from the music neighborhood. With right this moment’s remaining passage the invoice within the House, we’re one step away from probably the most sweeping music copyright reform for the reason that Eight-track tape period, and we look ahead to this being signed into regulation.”

The invoice, which if Trump indicators will go into impact on January 2, 2021. It’s set to manage a brand new blanket license for digital mechanical royalties, work to establish track homeowners to allow them to be correctly compensated, distribute unclaimed funds and characterize each American songwriter. The Music Licensing Collective (MLC) could have all prices paid for by the streaming firms by which 100 cents each greenback collected will likely be paid to the songwriters, a history-making first.

The invoice will even see modifications the usual by which songwriter streaming charges are established changing an outdated 1909 regulation that governs songwriter mechanical or gross sales royalties, modifications consent decree rules from 1941 that govern songwriter efficiency royalties. It will even require the random choice judges when performing rights societies ASCAP or BMI go to a fee courtroom continuing. Presently these judges are appointed for all times. The invoice will remove the disastrous Notice Intent (NOI) program administered by the U.S. Copyright Office that permits digital streaming firms to place the licensing burden again on songwriters. It additionally ensures streaming royalty funds to artists whose recordings had been carried out earlier than 1972 who now should not required to be paid resulting from a loophole within the Copyright Act. The act additionally pays streaming royalties on to music producers and engineers as a substitute going by way of different events first.