Senate Panel Advances Bill To Overhaul Music Licensing

Law360, Washington (June 28, 2018, 5:21 PM EDT) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee moved forward Thursday with a bill that would overhaul how Spotify and other online music services pay royalties, as well as how license holders for pre-1972 hits are compensated.

Under the bill, which includes a host of other changes, music streaming services would pay mechanical royalties under a new blanket license regime. Mechanical royalties go to songwriters when a composition is reproduced.

The bill, the Music Modernization Act, would also change the royalty regime for artists whose works were recorded before 1972, giving them the same treatment as modern recordings. Before the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to...

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