House unanimously passes Music Modernization Act

House unanimously passes Music Modernization Act
© Greg Nash

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 McCarthyOn The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Midterms to shake up top posts on House finance panel The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil MORE (R-Calif.) said in a statement.

"[Rep.] Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsHouse Republicans confident there won't be a government shutdown Lawmakers move to award posthumous Congressional Gold Medal to Aretha Franklin Connect Beltway to America to get federal criminal justice reform done 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 HoyerDems' confidence swells with midterms fast approaching Trump's Puerto Rico tweets spark backlash Hoyer lays out government reform blueprint 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.