Pre-72 music copyright fees targeted by Congressional committee.

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Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) and introduced a new bill in the House which they hope will “close a long-standing gap in federal copyright law.” The “Compensating Legacy Artists for Their Songs, Service and Important Contributions to Society” Act (a.k.a. the CLASSICS Act—who comes up with this stuff?) Addresses “uncertainty over the copyright protection afforded to sound recordings made before making some to.” The remedy, according to the Act, is “bringing these recordings into the federal copyright system and ensuring that digital transmissions of a boat pre- and post-1972 recordings are treated uniformly.” The CLASSIC Act is intended to be an extension of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act.

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