Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement after President Trump signed into law the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (H.R. 1551). This legislation updates several key provisions of U.S. copyright law regarding music licensing.
“Today, with the President signing into law the Music Modernization Act, we have successfully brought early 20th century music laws for the analog era into the 21st century digital era. This is truly a historic moment for American music creators, music distributors, and all consumers of music.”
Background: The bipartisan Hatch-Goodlatte Music Modernization Act is a product of the House Judiciary Committee’s comprehensive review of U.S. copyright law and years of effort by interested stakeholders.
Key Provisions of the Hatch-Goodlatte Music Modernization Act include:
Title I – Music Modernization Act
- Reflects how modern digital music services operate by creating a blanket licensing system to quickly license and pay for musical work copyrights
- Discourages music litigation that generates legal settlements in favor of simply ensuring that artists and copyright owners are paid in the first place without such litigation
- Ends the flawed U.S. Copyright Office bulk notice of intent system that allows royalties to not be paid
- Implements uniform rate setting standards to be used by the Copyright Royalty Board for all music services
- Shifts the costs of the new licensing collective created by the bill to those who benefit from the collective – the licensees
- Updates how certain rate court cases are assigned in the Southern District of New York
Title II — Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society (CLASSICS) Act
- Provides that performers who recorded songs before 1972 can finally be paid for their works (currently, only performers who recorded songs after 1972 are paid for their works)
Title III — Allocation for Music Producers (AMP) Act
- Ensures that record producers, sound engineers, and other creative professionals receive compensation for their work