You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Music Modernization Act Heads to President Trump for Signature

The bill has passed in the House of Representatives.

The Music Modernization Act has passed in the House of Representatives unanimously following a vote for passage in the Senate last week. This clears the way for the bill to be sent to President Trump’s desk for signature and with it will come the most sweeping changes to archaic copyright laws.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) called the MMA “crucially important” earlier this year, stating, “our music licensing laws are convoluted, out-of-date, and don’t reward songwriters fairly for their work. They’ve also failed to keep up with recent, rapid changes in how Americans purchase and listen to music.” The bill was overwhelmingly supported by the industry.

The bill, now called the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act” (H.R. 1551), combines three separate pieces of legislation:

– The Music Modernization Act of 2018, S.2334, introduced by Hatch and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) in January, which updates licensing and royalties as pertains to streaming.

– The CLASSICS Act (or Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, & Important Contributions to Society Act), introduced in February by Chris Coons (D-DE) and John Kennedy (R-LA) to ensure that songwriters and artists receive royalties on pre-1972 songs.

– The AMP Act (or Allocation for Music Producers Act), introduced in March by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley(R-LA) and ranking committee member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA.) with the support of and Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Kamala Harris (D-CA).

The version that passed in the Senate last week differed from the version that passed in the House back in April, but there will not be a conference committee to “reconcile” the two bills. Instead, the House agreed to take up the bill as amended by the Senate.

What happens next? It will take a day or two for the House to enroll the bill, after which it will be sent to the Executive Secretary at the White House. Once the Executive Secretary receives the bill, the President then has 10 days (including weekends) to sign it. If he chooses not to sign it, and Congress is still in session, the bill still becomes law.

It is anticipated that President Trump will sign the bill.

More Music

  • James CurleighThe Fashion Group International's Night

    Gibson Guitars Announces New CEO, Leadership Team

    The Music Modernization Act has passed in the House of Representatives unanimously following a vote for passage in the Senate last week. This clears the way for the bill to be sent to President Trump’s desk for signature and with it will come the most sweeping changes to archaic copyright laws. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) […]

  • Grammy Awards60th Annual Grammy Awards, Press

    Grammy Awards Dates for 2020 and 2021 Announced

    The Music Modernization Act has passed in the House of Representatives unanimously following a vote for passage in the Senate last week. This clears the way for the bill to be sent to President Trump’s desk for signature and with it will come the most sweeping changes to archaic copyright laws. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) […]

  • Drake and Scooter Braun Join Esports

    Drake and Scooter Braun Join Esports Org 100 Thieves as Co-Owners

    The Music Modernization Act has passed in the House of Representatives unanimously following a vote for passage in the Senate last week. This clears the way for the bill to be sent to President Trump’s desk for signature and with it will come the most sweeping changes to archaic copyright laws. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) […]

  • Mac Miller, Ariana GrandeFool's Gold Day

    Ariana Grande Posts Touching Video of Mac Miller (Watch)

    The Music Modernization Act has passed in the House of Representatives unanimously following a vote for passage in the Senate last week. This clears the way for the bill to be sent to President Trump’s desk for signature and with it will come the most sweeping changes to archaic copyright laws. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) […]

  • Dolly PartonArtist Keynote 'Dolly Parton and

    Dolly Parton Starts 'Politicking' for Oscar Nomination for 'Dumplin'' Song

    The Music Modernization Act has passed in the House of Representatives unanimously following a vote for passage in the Senate last week. This clears the way for the bill to be sent to President Trump’s desk for signature and with it will come the most sweeping changes to archaic copyright laws. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) […]

  • Michael Giacchino'Incredibles 2' film premiere, Arrivals,

    Film Composer Michael Giacchino to Premiere Ballet in Seattle

    The Music Modernization Act has passed in the House of Representatives unanimously following a vote for passage in the Senate last week. This clears the way for the bill to be sent to President Trump’s desk for signature and with it will come the most sweeping changes to archaic copyright laws. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content