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- U.S. Copyright Office Issues a Supplemental Interim Rule Related to the Music Modernization Act Reports of Usage and Payment | February 1
- Andrew Foglia Appointed Deputy Director of Policy and International Affairs | January 17
- Copyright Office Concludes Voluntary Technical Measures and Standard Technical Measures Inquiries | December 20
- Copyright Office and USPTO Announce Extension for NFT Study Comments and New Roundtable Dates | December 20
- U.S. Copyright Office Issues an Interim Rule and Request for Comments Related to Certain Rules for Parties Appearing Before the Copyright Claims Board, Including District Court Referrals and Law Student Representation | December 19
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The Music Modernization Act
This featured video highlights The Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (Music Modernization Act) the most significant piece of copyright legislation in decades and updates our current laws to reflect modern consumer preferences and technological developments in the music marketplace.