Items tagged "Music Licensing"

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Public Knowledge Welcomes New Policy Counsel Dylan Gilbert to Bolster Advocacy Efforts

October 1, 2019 Consumer Privacy , digital platforms , Music Copyright , Music Licensing , Public Knowledge , Staff

Public Knowledge welcomes Dylan Gilbert, Policy Counsel, to our team to focus on privacy protections, copyright reform, and various platform issues. He holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary.

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Public Knowledge Files Comments Urging DOJ to Maintain Consent Decrees Overseeing ASCAP, BMI

August 9, 2019 ASCAP , BMI , Consent Decrees , DOJ , Music Licensing

Today, Public Knowledge filed comments urging the Department of Justice to maintain its consent decrees that allow the agency to oversee how The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) operate. ASCAP and BMI are two Performing Rights Organizations, or PROs, which offer “blanket licenses” that allow services, businesses, and others to publicly perform the works of the PROs’ member songwriters. In light of the current state of the law in the music marketplace, Public Knowledge encourages the DOJ to keep its consent decrees in place.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Department of Justice Consent Decree Review

June 5, 2019 ASCAP , BMI , Copyright , Music Licensing

Today, the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced that it opened a review of its consent decrees with The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) — the two most powerful organizations licensing music as well as the rights to publicly perform musical works.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes House Passage of Revised Music Modernization Act

September 26, 2018 Music Competition , Music Licensing , music modernization act

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Hatch-Goodlatte Music Modernization Act of 2018, including substantial revisions to protect and foster the public domain for sound recordings. Earlier House versions of the bill contained a version of the CLASSICS Act that would have kept recordings from as early as 1923 locked away under copyright until 2067. The Senate previously passed the updated bill, taking into account public interest concerns.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Senate Passage of Revised Music Modernization Act

September 19, 2018 CLASSICS Act , Music Copyright , Music Licensing , music modernization act

Today, the U.S. Senate passed the Music Modernization Act of 2018 with substantial revisions to protect and foster the public domain for sound recordings. Earlier versions of the bill contained a version of the CLASSICS Act that would have kept recordings from as early as 1923 out of public hands until 2067.

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Improve Music Modernization Act

June 28, 2018 CLASSICS Act , Music Copyright , Music Licensing , music modernization act

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up Senator Orrin Hatch’s (R-UT) bill, “The Music Modernization Act,” (S.R. 2334) to update the music licensing marketplace. Public Knowledge urges Congress to continue to fix and improve the Music Modernization Act to rationalize the copyright system and protect historians, libraries, archivists, and consumers.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Sen. Wyden’s ACCESS to Recordings Act

May 23, 2018 CLASSICS Act , Copyright Reform , Legislation , Music Licensing , Public Domain

Today, Senator Wyden (D-OR) introduced the ACCESS to Recordings Act, which would extend federal copyright protection to pre-1972 sound recordings, and in doing so, harmonize them with their modern counterparts. Public Knowledge applauds Senator Wyden for acknowledging the injustices posed by the current system and fighting to rationalize our copyright law.

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Law Professors Urge Senate Judiciary Committee to Reject or Amend CLASSICS Act

May 15, 2018 CLASSICS Act , Music Competition , Music Copyright , Music Licensing , music modernization act

Yesterday, more than 40 intellectual property law professors sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and all members of the committee, urging them to reject or, at a minimum, amend the CLASSICS Act to ensure that its provisions are in line with existing federal copyright law.

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Public Knowledge Urges Senate to Consider Music Modernization Act and CLASSICS Act Separately

April 26, 2018 CLASSICS Act , Copyright , Music Competition , Music Copyright , Music Licensing

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Music Modernization Act (2018), a combination of the consumer-friendly Music Modernization Act (2017) and the CLASSICS Act, which seeks to create a “right to be paid” for pre-1972 sound recordings without fully federalizing these works.

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Promote a Competitive Marketplace in Music Modernization Act

March 7, 2018 Congress , Copyright , Music Licensing , Press Release

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and to the House Judiciary Committee’s Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).

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