April 11, 2018
A Statement from the MIC Coalition
Today’s markup of the Music Modernization Act (H.R. 5447) by the House Judiciary Committee shows that progress can be made in Congress on complex music copyright issues. The broad-based membership of the MIC Coalition recognizes the Committee for brokering a common-sense agreement among stakeholders that will improve the landscape for certain types of licensing, benefitting songwriters, publishers, and digital music services.
It is important to note, however, that this bill does not address the performance rights challenges faced by millions of licensees including restaurants, bars, wineries, and breweries that regularly play and license music.
We commend Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and others for recognizing the critical and ongoing importance of the pro-competitive consent decrees governing ASCAP and BMI and urge members of Congress to continue pursuing greater transparency in the music marketplace, particularly as it relates to Performing Rights Organizations.
Today’s actions reflect the overwhelming consensus that music licensing information must be accessible to all in order to build a sustainable and transparent system that will drive the future of music for those who create it and those who provide it to consumers. The MIC Coalition will continue to work with the Committee on each of these important goals.