As with many things, society takes notice. As occurred with musician compensation.
On October 11, 2018 the “Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act” (also known by the ‘official’ names of H.R. 1551 and later Public Law 115-264) went into effect. 1 While like all statutes, there is ‘more to it’, in essence the “MMA’ 2 updates provisions of the overall federal copyright law. 3
Now, over time, this series has identified, quoted, and properly cited (under the same copyright law), a variety of sources for its materials. In this case, a ‘journal’ no less venerable than “Rolling Stone” magazine contains a useful précis of the MMA:
Intended to update music copyright law for the digital era, [the MMA] accomplishes three key things: making sure songwriters and artists receive royalties on songs recorded before 1972; allocating royalties for music producers; and updating licensing and royalty rules for streaming services to pay rights-holders in a more streamlined fashion, via a new, independent entity. Under the act, many music creators will have a more reliable way of collecting the money that they’re due. 4
If only it were that simple…But copyright law is indeed more complicated than a pentatonic scale. 5
Now if a reader wants to discuss guitars, bass guitars, effects, and amplifiers, that is easy. Just contact this writer. (He owns a variety of Fender, Rickenbacker, Epiphone, Ampeg, Genz-Benz, Peavey, Seismic Audio, and DigiTech equipment.)
2 To see the text of the Music Modernization Act, please visit https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1551/text.
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