[David is 100% right about this–there is a game afoot by Silicon Valley to strip out the very protections for pre-72 artists and producers from the Music Modernization Act that were indispensible to passing the controversial mechanical licensing collective and safe harbor in the House. Remember–that collective and retroactive safe harbor benefits Big Tech far more than it does songwriters. The reason the “Music Modernization Act” passed in the House is precisely because it had something for everyone, not because what the world needs is a “modernized” version of collective licensing (from 1914), a database (from 1066), or the temptation of evil forces (The Old Testament).
I would really appreciate your doing two things to protect our legacy artists. First, please sign this petition to write to your Senators
Second, look up your Senators on www.senate.gov and call their offices. Tell them you want your senator to support S.2393 (the Senate bill number for the CLASSICS Act that protects pre-72 artists). Tell them to say no to the bait and switch.
Artists give Digital Media Association (DiMA) ride from House to Senate (illustration Mīrzā Raḥīm 1847 public domain). Wikipedia summarizes the fable of the Scorpion and the Frog as follows: A scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, […]