Music Modernization Act Passes in Senate, Clearing Major Hurdle
On Tuesday, the United States Senate passed the Music Modernization Act, in an effort to update music copyright laws to reflect modern digital technology and make it easier for creators to get paid for their work via streaming services.
According to Rolling Stone, the bill aspires to accomplish three 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 way. In short, music-makers will get more money.”
The act was passed in the Senate unanimously, despite pushback from high-profile organizations including SiriusXM and performing rights company SESAC. The bill will now go to the House of Representatives and is expected to pass before arriving to President Trump’s desk for final approval.