Big Music Copyright Bill Heads To House Floor

Law360 (April 11, 2018, 3:43 PM EDT) -- A bill that would make major changes to how streaming music services like Spotify pay royalties was approved unanimously Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee, sending it to the full chamber for a vote.

The Music Modernization Act, introduced Tuesday, would create a blanket license for streaming services to pay so-called mechanical royalties, which go to songwriters when a musical composition is reproduced. Current rules make it hard to find the right songwriter, which has led to big-money litigation against Spotify and others.

The bill, an update to a previous version introduced in December, would also require digital services to pay...

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