more money for music artists


In case you missed it, the Bush Administration joined Democratic and Republican predecessors in supporting “The Performance Rights Act” (H.R. 4789) as “a matter of fairness and equity.”

In the Department of Commerce’s letter to Congressman Howard Berman, chairman, Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, the DOC stated that this legislation is “an appropriate and workable approach to providing compensation to recording artists and record labels for the transmission of their works by over-the-air broadcast stations.”

The endorsement came shortly before Chairman Berman’s subcommittee held a hearing on the legislation where famed recording artist Nancy Sinatra testified on behalf of the musicFIRST Coalition, along with Tom Lee, president of the American Federation of Musicians.


2 Responses to “more money for music artists”

  1. Erin Says:

    Hi, wow you are a find, a legal expert on music copyright!

    My question- how does this legislation affect the playing of music on a website on the internet?

    Specifically if I cover a song by singing/playing and recording all of the instrumentation myself, convert the midi arrangement that I made to MP3, acquire a license for the original from Harry Fox agency, and then place the song on my website for either listening purposes or for download/sale, is there anything else I would need to do to be completely covered from copyright violation? From having my copyright of the remake violated?


  2. corberlaw Says:

    Well, that is a complex question. If you want to potect your own copyright, that is done by registration with the registrar of copyrights because if you need to sue over infringement, you have to allege registration in the lawsuit’s wording. That’s a necessary fact allegation. The rst of it is too complex to analyze on the net as a freebie.

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