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Home » Legislative Update » House Judiciary Committee Unanimously Passes the Music Modernization Act to Send to the Full House Floor

House Judiciary Committee Unanimously Passes the Music Modernization Act to Send to the Full House Floor


The Music Modernization Act (HR 5447) was passed by the Judiciary Committee on April 11 who then sent it to the full House floor. This bill is the first piece of comprehensive copyright, music licensing legislation to come out of Congress in the past 30 years.  

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (center) speaks on behalf of the Music Modernization Act. He and Judiciary Chair Robert Goodlatte (left of Nadler) are sponsors of the bill.

Sponsored by Judiciary Chair Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) and Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the bill is a compendium of three major pieces of legislation designed to bring music composition and creators firmly into today’s digital licensing sphere.  

The three components of the bill include the:

  • Musical Works Modernization Act—Establishes a national database and performance right collective for songwriters
  • AMP Act—gives royalty allocation rights to music producers and engineers who participated in the creation of sound recordings, giving them the right to collect future digital royalties.
  • CLASSICS (Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society) Act—Establishes royalty payments to legacy artists whose works were performed prior to 1972

The bill was unanimously passed by the Judiciary Committee.

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