Senator not happy with stall of 'celestial jukebox'

WASHINGTON — Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Wednesday put major record labels on notice that he still wants a “celestial jukebox” and that he’s none too happy with the stall in licensing music to online providers.

The crowd that was gathered for the Future of Music Summit at Georgetown U. listened carefully to Hatch, since he chairs the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over crucial copyright laws needed by the labels for continued prosperity.

Hatch said in exchange for shepherding passage of the Digital Performance Rights Act of 1995 and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998, he wanted songs to flow over many channels.

‘Happen soon,’ he sez

“I expect to see the market provide fair and nondiscriminatory licensing of music, and not just cross-licensing among labels. I will do what I can to help this happen. I expect this to happen soon,” Hatch told the packed audience.

Hatch wouldn’t say whether he intends to revisit the DMCA with the new Congress so as to force the labels along on the issue.

Sponsoring the two-day music summit was the Future of Music Coalition.

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