Will Congress Bring Songwriters a Lump of Coal or Justice?

Music Technology Policy

Because the Congress has conducted a “review” of the laws affecting songwriters and it’s possible that the Congress now is about to actually do something in the waning days of the current session of Congress. It is axiomatic that as government expands, liberty contracts.

Postdicting the Future: Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime from The Hill

Music Technology Policy

Congress could give songwriters an audit right as they did for stakeholders in the contemporary digital performance compulsory license for satellite radio and Internet radio. When the Congress established the digital performance royalty, it seemed to clearly apply to all recordings and did not arbitrarily exclude recordings prior to 1972. Congress could fix this “gotcha” and secure a fair share of digital performance royalties to these authors of our musical heritage.

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Librarian of Congress Fails to Alert Oversight Committees of Massive Abuse of Copyright Loophole by Google and Amazon to Use Songs Without Paying U.S. or Foreign Songwriters 

Music Technology Policy

The Librarian of Congress? You may ask what in the world does the Librarian of Congress have to do with the music business? We asked the research desk at the Library of Congress and they had no idea what we were talking about. . Library of Congress Meltdown Uncategorized

Call Congress to Support Copyright Office Legislation

Music Technology Policy

I don’t often ask MTP readers for their vote, but I am asking you to call your member of Congress and ask them to support bipartisan legislation introduced by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers, H.R. Pallante by the rogue Librarian of Congress (however bizarre that sounds). In fact, the Librarian is reported to have told the Congress a few weeks ago that she intended to ignore their instruction and appoint the next Register without them.).

Reader Poll: What Day will the Librarian of Congress Appoint the new Head of the Copyright Office?

Music Technology Policy

Congress will be in recess from December 16 to January 3 and the controversial Librarian of Congress gets to appoint a new head of the Copyright Office to replace Maria Pallante who was fired by the Librarian on October 21 in what looks to many like an actionable constructive termination. We think that the Librarian will avoid consulting with Congress about who she will appoint to run the Copyright Office because she’s gone rogue. Library of Congress Meltdown

The Library of Congress is Archiving Legal Blogs

Media Law

Latest case in point: the new Legal Blawgs Web Archive from the Library of Congress. The post The Library of Congress is Archiving Legal Blogs appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. On the Internet there is no rule against perpetuities.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will likely join Congress after midterms

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will likely join Congress after midterms " (Via.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson Defends Time Warner Acquisition Before Congress

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

One senator calls out Donald Trump's promise to block the merger as a potential abuse of power while witnesses discuss the benefits and concerns of the $85 billion deal. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Business THR Online

Pandora’s 2013 Strategy: Change for Congress

Music Technology Policy

So much for “Change Congress”–it’s now become “Change for Congress” The Internet Radio Fairness Coalition lead by Pandora has revealed that no only will the Internet Radio Fairness Act be back in the new Congress, according to Politico’s Morning Tech , “this year is going to bring the fight of Pandora’s political life” to protect Joe Kennedy’s $700,000 a year salary and Tim Westergren’s million a month in stock sales.

Congress Seeks to Curb Use of Conflict Minerals in Cellphones

JetLawBlog

Despite being mired in the middle of hyper-partisan politicking and countless domestic problems, a bipartisan group in Congress has emerged and is attempting to stop the trade.

Donald Trump Told Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About Moscow Tower Project. (Clear grounds for impeachment, suborning perjury a criminal offense)

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Donald Trump Told Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About Moscow Tower Project

FCC Seeks Comments on Video Description Marketplace for Report to Congress

Broadcast Law Blog

Video description was mandated by Congress, and the FCC yesterday issued a Public Notice asking for comment on this requirement for a report to Congress.

MUST READ: Two Former U.S. Copyright Heads Defend Maria Pallante from Sacking by Rogue Librarian of Congress — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

Copyright Heads Defend Maria Pallante from Sacking by Rogue Librarian of Congress — Artist Rights Watch. Library of Congress Meltdown Maria Pallante marybeth peters Ralph OmanTwo former heads of the U.S. Copyright Office sent the following letter to the chairs of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees in sharp criticism of the abrupt and possibly actionable sacking of Maria Pallante, the former head of the U.S. Copyright Office. The job title is “Register of Copyrights”.)

Copyright Office Issues Interim Rule for MLC Applications Including Oversight of MLC Board by Librarian of Congress

Music Technology Policy

Consistent with the MLC’s role as a quasi-governmental organization, the interim rule confirms that “directors of the MLC are inferior officers under the Appointments Clause of the Constitution [,] that the Librarian of Congress must approve each subsequent selection of a new director… [and] that the Register work with the MLC, once it has been designated to ensure that the Librarian retains the ultimate authority to appoint and remove all directors.” The U.S.

And Your Little Dog, Too: The Librarian of Congress Give Us A Lesson in Constructive Termination

Music Technology Policy

Remember when the Librarian of Congress issued a press release about how Maria Pallante was being promoted from the Register of Copyrights to something that sounded awfully functionary–and not a promotion. Thanks to the vigilant journalist Robert Levine, we now have access to the memorandum from the Librarian of Congress to Maria Pallante that prompted her resignation.

@musictechsolve: Five Things Congress Can Do to Stop Tens of Millions of “Address Unknown” NOIs

Music Technology Policy

Amazon, Google, Pandora, Spotify and other tech companies are taking advantage of their influence in the Library of Congress to leverage a loophole in the Copyright Act to their great benefit and to songwriters great harm. Congress can stop them overnight if the Congress will act.

Congress Launches Legislative Site to Succeed Thomas

Media Law

The Library of Congress this week unveiled Congress.gov , a new site for U.S. The beta site contains legislation from the 107th Congress (2001) to the present, profiles of members of Congress from the 93rd Congress (1973) to the present, and selected member profiles from the 80th through the 92nd Congresses (1947 to 1972). Using this feature, you can refine a search to a particular Congress, legislation type, subject, committee or various other categories.

Ron Wyden’s Teachable Moment: Should one Senator be allowed to stop 415 Members of Congress on the Pre-72 Fix

Music Technology Policy

It’s rare that we get insight into just how sleazy the Congress can be–but Senator Ron Wyden is giving us all a guided tour when it comes to his singular dedication to screwing pre-72 artists.

Call to Action: Please Help Support Our Musical Legacy and Tell the Congress #irespectmusic on the CLASSICS Act

Music Technology Policy

Congress that would close the loophole that some digital music services have been leveraging for quite some time on so-called “pre-72” recordings. I don’t often ask MTP readers to agree with me, much less sign a petition.

@wsj: A Copyright Coup in Washington: The new Librarian of Congress ousts a federal copyright defender [Congress should investigate] — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

This is reason enough for Congress to take a look: If the position is open to political influence, then the register should be politically accountable—and report to elected officials, not the nation’s librarian.

FCC Seeks Comments on Video Description Marketplace for Report to Congress

Broadcast Law Blog

Video description was mandated by Congress, and the FCC yesterday issued a Public Notice asking for comment on this requirement for a report to Congress.

Postdicting the Present: Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 2: Update the Compulsory License for Songwriters

Music Technology Policy

In 2013, I wrote 5 articles on Huffington Post titled “5 Things Congress Could Do That Wouldn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime”. via Postdicting the Present: Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 2: Update the Compulsory License for Songwriters — Artist Rights Watch. After the MMA, how did I do?

Dreamers deadlock: Congress at impasse as pressure mounts to act | US news | The Guardian

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Dreamers deadlock: Congress at impasse as pressure mounts to act | US news | The Guardian

Google Feels the Heat from Congress on Sex Trafficking–And Gaslights Public Opinion on @SenRobPortman’s and @RepAnnWagner’s Legislation

Music Technology Policy

According to Consumer Watchdog, which is about the only consumer group that is challenging Google’s stranglehold on the Congress not to mention reality, Google is manipulating search results to promote Google’s point of view on Section 230 reform.

Postdicting the Present: Five Things Congress Could Do For Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 1: Pre-72 Sound Recordings — Music Tech Solutions

Music Technology Policy

Originally posted on Artist Rights Watch: [In 2013, I wrote 5 articles on Huffington Post titled “5 Things Congress Could Do That Wouldn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime”. In this and future posts, I will be addressing five things the Congress could do for music creators that are easy to do and that wouldn’t cost taxpayers a dime.

Postdicting the Present: Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 3: Create an Audit Right for Songwriters

Music Technology Policy

In 2013, I wrote 5 articles on Huffington Post titled “5 Things Congress Could Do That Wouldn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime”. via Postdicting the Present: Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 3: Create an Audit Right for Songwriters — Artist Rights Watch. After the MMA, how did I do?

AOC Has A Massive Impact During Her First Week In Congress

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

@ascap #StandWithSongwriters to Capitol Hill to Demand Congress Roll Back Government Regulation of Songwriters

Music Technology Policy

via @ascap #StandWithSongwriters to Meet with Congress on Rolling Back Government Regulation of Songwriters — Artist Rights Watch. [Editor Charlie sez: Remember when the government set the price of mechanical royalties at $0.02 in 1909 and “forgot” to raise it until 1978?

Fastcase Cofounder Phil Rosenthal is Running for Congress in New York

Media Law

Speaking of Fastcase, one interesting bit of news about the company is that its cofounder, Phil Rosenthal, is running for Congress in New York’s 10th Congressional District. The post Fastcase Cofounder Phil Rosenthal is Running for Congress in New York appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

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Increase the size of Congress?

The Legal Satyricon

A Republican Congress and president enacted the Reapportionment Act of 1929, which arbitrarily capped the number at 435 members. This is a pretty compelling idea. For the first 140 years of the republic, the House increased in size with the population in varying degrees, going from 65 members originally to 435. Although the U.S. population [.]. politics

@MusicFirst: Congress, end a longstanding injustice for legacy music creators #irespectmusic — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

Tell Congress to make Big Tech pay its fair share. via @MusicFirst: Congress, end a longstanding injustice for legacy music creators #irespectmusic — Artist Rights Watch. Otis Redding sat on the dock of the bay in 1967. Roy Orbison sang for the lonely in 1960. Miles Davis was kind of blue in 1959. These artists’ iconic recordings live on today and are frequently played across streaming services, satellite radio, and FM radio.

Barbara Lee’s advice for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and the other new women of color in Congress. “You have to break through all of that sexism and racism. You have to really confront that all of the time.”

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Barbara Lee’s advice for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and the other new women of color in Congress.

Congress Doing A Safety Dance Around Privacy

JetLawBlog

Congress would be well-advised to hold back on those acronyms and think this thing through. Two congressmen have proposed a bill that would require ISPs, businesses, and individuals to maintain all users’ Internet-usage records for two years.

Jon Ossoff for Congress: Need to Know

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Rule Takers vs. Rule Makers: Congress Should Support Startups in the Music Modernization Act

Music Technology Policy

If you read the current version of the Music Modernization Act , you may fine that it’s more about government mandates that entrench incumbents than a streamlined blanket compulsory license that helps startups climb the ladder. Yet in the weeds of MMA we find startups dealt out of governance by rule makers and forced as a rule taker to ante up payments by their competitors in a game that the bill makes into the only game in town.

#IRespectMusic: It’s Time for the New Congress to get Serious About the Performance Right for Artists

Music Technology Policy

Once again we’ve started a new session of Congress with really old news–the National Association of Broadcasters is yet again circulating the reactionary Local Radio Freedom Act (or the grammatically challenged “LRFA”) that’s been warmed over and served up again from the last Congress.

Postdicting the Future: Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 4: Fixing Unmatched Songwriter Royalties

Music Technology Policy

[In 2013, I wrote 5 articles on Huffington Post titled “5 Things Congress Could Do That Wouldn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime”. When the Congress established the compulsory license in 1909, the legislative body was concerned that granting exclusive rights in “mechanical royalties” for songs in piano rolls might create a monopoly if a single publisher could buy up the market in songs. An Easy Fix for Congress: Pay unclaimed money to people who deal with unclaimed money.

Music Issues in the New Congress: PRO-IP Act “Reform”

Music Technology Policy

Glenn Peoples at Billboard has an excellent primer on some legislative items that are very likely to come up in the new Congress. Lofgren is Google’s representative in the Congress.

Congress Passes Law To Quiet TV Commercials

Media Law Prof Blog

In early December, Congress got bi-partisan to pass the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act. It went into effect December 13th. While its name isn't graceful, it's descriptive enough--it's aimed at those screechy commercials that lift you out of your

Why We're Calling for Congress to Impeach Donald Trump | Time.com

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

no person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States], shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office or Title of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State.”

Music Industry A-Listers Call on Congress to Reform Copyright Act

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A day before a crucial deadline, the music industry is pulling no punches. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

The DACA recipients interning in Congress: ‘Just being here is a statement' - The Washington Post

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The DACA recipients interning in Congress: ‘Just being here is a statement' - The Washington Post

Trump administration seeks $18bn from Congress for Mexico border wall | US news | The Guardian

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

“The Trump administration is seeking nearly $18bn from Congress over the next decade to start extending and reinforcing a border wall with Mexico, the first financial blueprint for the president’s election campaign promise.