Unanimously, by voice vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee has voted S. 2823, the Music Modernization Act (MMA), out of committee. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) now goes to the full Senate, then the House [H.R. 5447, sponsored by Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)], then to the president’s desk.
The measure as passed includes an amendment to increase control over the Mechanical Licensing Collective, and one to improve communication between the DOJ and Congress about ASCAP and BMI consent decrees.
The measure drew praise from all the music-rights stakeholders. NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith said the bill “provides much needed reforms to the music licensing market, to the benefit of songwriters, legacy recording artists, producers, digital streaming services, and music users.” The Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said his organization was “gratified to see the industry and Congress work in harmony to pass [the MMA].” The MusicFIRST Coalition called it “a major step.”