Copyright Office Fees — The US Copyright Office has proposed a new fee schedule, with fees for registration and other services increasing nearly across the board. Read the details here.
Commentary: All music creators should be paid for their work — Singer and songwriter Roseanne Cash imparts her thoughts on music legislation pending in the Senate. “Ensuring payment for airplay of pre-1972 music is a question of basic fairness and economic justice – bringing an end to a vast windfall these services did nothing to deserve and making sure royalties get to the artists who earned them. For many older greats, the CLASSICS Act is also a lifeline: the difference between touring until they simply can’t go on and being able to get off the road with dignity and basic economic security. And finally, it’s a question of respect — and not just Aretha’s song for which she surely deserves to be paid — respect for our musical roots and the long lines of influence and inspiration that flows back through time and melody to the greats who have inspired us all.”
As Music Modernization Act Enters Senate, Anti-Copyright Activists Come Out Of The Woodwork (Column) — Rob Levine is fired up about the CLASSICS Act. He writes, “So how much would this law actually change? It would force ‘noninteractive services’ like Pandora and SiriusXM to pay rights holders and performers for the pre-1972 recording they use — much as they already pay for later recordings. They can do this under a statutory license, at a rate that’s set by the Copyright Royalty Board. This law would also apply to interactive services like Spotify and Apple Music. But it’s hard to know how much of a difference it would make, since they already need to license rights to later recordings as well as reproduction rights — which almost all state laws protect anyway. In less complicated terms, a few big companies will pay artists and labels a bit more money. That’s it.”
Canada PM Trudeau responds to artist advocate Miranda Mulholland — In a tweet, Mulholland shares Trudeau’s positive response to a letter calling for reform to the copyright board signed by over 100 artists. In true Canadian fashion, Trudeau begins his letter with an apology.