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H.R. 5447: Music Modernization Act

This was a vote to pass H.R. 5447 in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

H.R. 5447 is designed to significantly update several key provisions of U.S. copyright law regarding music licensing.

Key Provisions of the Music Modernization Act include:[1] Title I – Music Modernization Act

  • Reflects how modern digital music services operate by creating a blanket licensing system to quickly license and pay for musical work copyrights
  • Discourages music litigation that generates legal settlements in favor of simply ensuring that artists and copyright owners are paid in the first place without such litigation
  • Ends the flawed U.S. Copyright Office bulk notice of intent system that allows royalties to not be paid
  • Implements uniform rate setting standards to be used by the Copyright Royalty Board for all music services
  • Shifts the costs of the new licensing collective created by the bill to those who benefit from the collective - the licensees
  • Updates how certain rate court cases are assigned in the Southern District of New York

Title II -- _Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society (CLASSICS) Act _

  • Provides a public performance right for pre-1972 recordings

Title III -- _Allocation for Music Producers (AMP) Act _

  • Ensures that record producers, sound engineers, and other creative professionals receive compensation for their work

Source: Republican Policy Committee

Totals

All Votes R D
Yea 97%
 
 
415
227
 
188
 
Nay 0%
 
 
0
0
 
0
 
Not Voting 3%
 
 
13
8
 
5
 

Date: Apr 25, 2018

Question: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended in the House

Required: 2/3

Result: Passed

Source: house.gov

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