Save the Date! Feb 2 at 10 am ET: Artist Pay for Radio Play Gets a Hearing in House Judiciary #IRespectMusic

It’s ON! We get a hearing for American Music Fairness Act at House Judiciary Feb 2! Stay up to date at https://t.co/AamNoE4JJo, sign the petition at https://t.co/WwzASEJPI5 to support artist pay for radio play. Thank you @RepTedDeutch @repdarrellissa @repsylviagarcia @RepEscobar— irespectmusicaustin (@IRMAustin) January 29, 2022 We want our readers to now how much we appreciate […]

@thetrichordist: Coalition of Songwriter Groups Call on Copyright Royalty Board for Fairness and Transparency on Frozen Mechanicals

[Editor Charlie sez: This post first appeared on The Trichordist. It is a letter from a coalition of US and international songwriter groups to the Copyright Royalty Board about the frozen mechanical issue. If you want to write your own comment to the Copyright Royalty Board about frozen mechanicals, send your comment to crb@loc.gov. For background, […]

Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 3: Create an Audit Right for Songwriters

[This post originally appeared in the Huffington Post] Once a song is distributed to the public with the permission of the owner of the copyright in the song, the U.S. Copyright Act requires songwriters to license songs for reproduction and distribution under a “compulsory license.” This license is typically called a “mechanical license” because it […]

The MTP Interview: An Inconvenient Truth: Songwriters Guild President Rick Carnes talks about the effect of piracy on American songwriters

[Ed: This post originally appeared on MTP on January 30, 2009–how little has changed American songwriters are one of our greatest sources of culture as well as important contributors to America’s “soft power“–our ability to win hearts and minds around the world by attraction and not by force. As Professor Joseph Nye would say “Lennon […]