House Approves Bill To Reform Copyright Royalty System

Law360, New York (March 4, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to reform the copyright royalty distribution system by replacing the current arbitration panels with judges.

Under the bill, passed by a 406-0 vote, Congress would create three judgeships to rule on copyright royalty and distribution rate. The bill must be approved by the Senate to become law.

The aim of the ‘‘Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act” is to make the copyright royalty system more efficient and less costly for artists, songwriters, music publishers and Webcasters, according to the...
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