Senate introduces Music Modernization Act—understand how it affects songwriters

January 24, 2018
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The Music Modernization Act (MMA) was introduced in the Senate today with sponsors from both parties.

The bill aims to change music licensing laws, focusing specifically on how songwriters are paid for streaming.

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“The MMA is the best hope for songwriters to achieve fair royalties and payments in the digital age,” National Music Publishers' Assn. president and CEO David Israelite declared in a statement, reports Billboard.

According to Variety, the proposed legislation would make it easier for songwriters  to get paid when their music is purchased or streamed online by creating a new agency, which will grant blanket licenses and collect royalties, distributing them to copyright holders.

It will also create new standards to determine royalty rates, basing them on a willing buyer and seller free marketplace.

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Written by Natasha Heinz

For Natasha Heinz, it was really not a phase. After spending 11 years reading Alternative Press in her hometown in Brazil, she moved to Ohio and landed a job at her favorite magazine. Now, she's constantly cold but sure as hell the happiest she’s ever been.