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Recording Academy Files Comments On Mechanical Licensing Collective With Copyright Office
"Additional information is necessary regarding accurate data matching and songwriter outreach to ensure every songwriter is properly paid for their work." — Conversations In Advocacy #53
The Recording Academy has filed comments with the U.S. Copyright Office regarding the designation of a mechanical licensing collective (“Collective”) to carry out key functions of the updated mechanical licensing process under the Music Modernization Act. The above excerpt from the comments reflects the Academy's continued fight on behalf of songwriters and music creators. You can read the full comments here.
The new filing with the Copyright Office comes after careful consideration of the submissions of both the American Music Licensing Collective (AMLC) and the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) for the task. The Academy’s filing includes appreciation for the leadership demonstrated by the boards of both entities in their respective submissions, and highlights that both submissions demonstrate a clear commitment to songwriter's rights. After careful review, the Academy believes the MLC is best equipped to run the Collective. However, additional information is necessary regarding accurate data matching and songwriter outreach to ensure that every songwriter is properly paid.
"The Recording Academy has an obligation to its songwriter members to study both submissions for the new Collective carefully and with due diligence," said Recording Academy chief industry government and member relations officer Daryl Friedman in a statement last week.
The Academy specifically seeks add has pledged to work with whichever applicant is ultimately chosen on outreach aimed at educating the greater songwriter and music creator community.
"Conversations in Advocacy" is your weekend digital tip sheet on music advocacy and the policies that affect music makers and their craft. New installments post every Friday.