Open Letter to Congress – On the Attempt to Create a Government Music Royalty Non-Profits

Seton Motley | Less Government |
Let the Private Sector Do the Divvying

To the Members of Congress – House and Senate,

Bizarrely, the federal government has set music royalty payment rates for decades.  What songwriters get paid – is determined by…you guys and gals.  Rather than by private negotiations between the private parties involved.  There exists the government middle man.

You are currently considering the Music Modernization Act (MMA).  Having unanimously passed the House of Representatives – it now sits in the Senate.

While it does some good in lessening government’s role in the royalty process – there is one massive government expansion.  Which the Senate should strip from the bill – and the House should sign on to said stripping in legislative reconciliation.

That government expansion – is in the area of how music data is collected and curated: (more…)

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