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Credit Check: Serial “Bad Actors” Should Lose Access To Compulsory Licenses.

June 11, 2014

The Trichordist

Here are the comments I filed with the Copyright Office concerning the continuing use of compulsory licenses by services with histories of non-payment and other abuse.

Dear General Counsel Charlesworth:

I am a songwriter and performer of some note. I have been writing, recording and producing albums for over 30 years. I have also been active as a songwriter and artists’ rights advocate. I have on more than one occasion submitted testimony to Congress on copyright and related issues and have testified before the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet.   Today I write to you as a songwriter.

Many songwriters first find out they are being compelled to participate in a digital music service when they get a paper claiming to be a statutory notice under Section 115that is frequently late, backdated or otherwise noncompliant.  This notice may come with a letter seeking to induce the songwriter…

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