Congressional Database Obsession: The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act is Quietly Adding Cosponsors

No one is asking when the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act will be dropped, but in a way they don’t have to.  Supporters of the bill (like the MIC Coaltion) get a lot of what they want in the Music Modernization Act–a Lessig-style registration requirement that is essentially an orphan works bill in disguise.  Maybe that’s why they’re supporting the MMA.

Industry Letter to USTR re NAFTA Reform

If like me you haven’t been following the NAFTA renegotiation that closely, it’s time to focus.  It was only a matter of time before Google and its fellow travelers among the usual suspects (Professors Goldman, Geist and Lemley, EFF, Public Knowledge, Center for Democracy and Technology, R Street, Engine and assorted other whingers) piped up […]

Does the Music Modernization Act Foreshadow the Decline of Performance Rights Socities in the US?

It seems like every time I read the controversial Music Modernization Act (“MMA”) I run across a loose end or unintended consequence–and here’s another one.  Many of us–myself included–argued for years that PROs like ASCAP, BMI, GMR and SESAC should be allowed to license both the performance right and the mechanical reproduction right for streaming […]

Big Tech Going to Capitol Hill to Explain How they Profit from Terror

Facebook’s Monika Bickert, YouTube’s Juniper Downs and Twitter’s Carlos Monje will testify today at the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee to explain how their company’s profit from terror groups using their platforms.  The hearing, Terrorism and Social Media: #IsBigTechDoingEnough? at 10 am ET today. As Ranking Member Senator Bill Nelson noted, the hearing is the first time […]