Orrin G. Hatch—Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act
The Orrin G. Hatch—Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (“Music Modernization Act”) addresses Congress’s determination that copyright law has not kept pace with changing consumer preferences and technological developments in the music marketplace. It is the most significant piece of copyright legislation in decades. The law is organized into three key titles: Title I—Music Licensing Modernization; Title II—Classics Protection and Access; and Title III—Allocation for Music Producers. The Copyright Office welcomes the passage of landmark legislation expected to benefit the many across all aspects of the music marketplace, including songwriters, publishers, artists, record labels, digital services, libraries, and the public.
In advance of this legislation, Congress held a series of hearings on music, as part of its comprehensive review of the nation’s copyright laws. To inform that effort, the Copyright Office conducted a comprehensive study of the music licensing framework as well as the ever-evolving needs of those who create and invest in music, which resulted in a report entitled “Copyright and the Music Marketplace.” This report followed the Copyright Office’s earlier report “Federal Copyright Protection for Pre-1972 Sound Recordings,” which examined the desirability of and means for bringing sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972, under federal jurisdiction. Many of the suggestions offered in these reports will be realized in enactment of this legislation.
- Technical Amendments to Section 115 Compulsory License Regulations
- Designation of Mechanical Licensing Collective
- Rulemaking Regarding Schedules of Pre-1972 Sound Recordings and Notices of Contact Information By Transmitting Entities
- Rulemaking Regarding the Noncommercial Use Exception to Unauthorized Uses of Pre-1972 Sound Recordings
Licensing Interactive Streams
Title I—Music Licensing Modernization Act
addresses Section 115 of Title 17
Title II—Classics Protection and Access Act
addresses pre-1972 sound recordings
Title III—Allocation for Music Producers Act
addresses royalty payments for certain creators