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Music Modernization Act Passed in Senate


In April of this year, the Music Modernization Act (MMA) passed unanimously in the House and on September 19, it passed unanimously in the Senate. The bill was renamed the Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act, honoring Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), a composer himself and strong advocate for the MMA.

The Music Modernization Act is the first major piece of copyright music licensing legislation to move through Congress in the past 30 years.

The goal of the bill is to revise copyright protection for music creators and musicians in a digitally growing world.

There are three components to the bill:

  • Musical Works Modernization Act: establishes a public database for artists and composers to ensure rights holders are paid appropriately for streamed music
  • AMP Act: gives music producers and engineers the right to collect future digital royalties on their sound recordings
  • Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society (CLASSICS Act): Establishes royalty payments for legacy artists that created works performed before 1972

Only two more steps are to be taken to make the Music Modernization Act law. It will go to the House for approval of the new version of the bill and then to the President for a final decision.

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