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- Music Modernization Act
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Upcoming Copyright Office public events
- Copyright Office Issues Letter to Congress on Effects of the Satellite Television Community Protection and Promotion Act of 2019 on the Satellite Television Marketplace | July 21
- George Thuronyi Appointed Interim Head of the Office of Public Information and Education | July 21
- Copyright Office Announces Appointments of Copyright Claims Board Officers | July 20
- Copyright Office Announces Webinar on Registration Modernization | July 15
- Copyright Office Further Extends Timing Adjustments for Persons Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency | July 9
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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.