House unanimously passes Music Modernization Act

House unanimously passes Music Modernization Act
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The House unanimously passed legislation aimed at updating music licensing and copyright law Wednesday.

The Music Modernization Act — a bipartisan bill introduced by members of the House Judiciary Committee — reforms the way royalties are collected and reforms the way artists and labels are compensated in the digital age.

Under the new law, an entity would be created to distribute and collect mechanical royalties.

Members on both sides of the aisle praised the law's passage and called on the upper chamber to take action on the legislation.


“Working together, this vote brings music licensing into the 21st century, where it can better serve those it intends to," House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — McConnell, Kaine offer bill to raise tobacco buying age to 21 | Measles outbreak spreads to 24 states | Pro-ObamaCare group launches ad blitz to protect Dems Press: Justin Amash breaks ranks with party MORE (R-Calif.) said in a statement.

"[Rep.] Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsProsecutor appointed by Barr poised to enter Washington firestorm The CASE Act is an opportunity for creators to have rights and remedies GOP lawmaker: Mueller should 'come to Congress' MORE (R-Ga.) worked with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and the music community to make sure that the reforms passed in the overwhelming fashion that it did. I look forward to the Senate acting on this legislation soon."

House Minority Whip Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerSenators say they've reached deal on Puerto Rico aid 5 things to watch as Trump, Dems clash over investigations GOP lawmaker: Trump has engaged in multiple actions that 'meet the threshold for impeachment' MORE (D-Md.) noted it had been roughly 20 years since music’s legal framework had last been changed.

"I’m glad that the House today passed the Music Modernization Act, which creates a new system for the collection and distribution of streaming royalties and closes the loophole that too often prevented artists who created works before 1972 from receiving due compensation when their songs were distributed digitally," he said.

The bill now heads to the Senate, which will address the legislation next month.