U.S.: In his monthly President’s Corner column, NMPA President & CEO David Israelite suggests that everyone should buckle up for a big year in copyright law. “Late last month, the Registrar of Copyrights, Maria Pallante, testified before Congress about the need to update the Copyright Act, a law last overhauled in 1976,” writes Israelite.
“Her testimony summarized a longer address that she gave at Columbia University Law School in which she stressed the need for a Copyright Act that ’embraces the expansion of technology and reforms ownership rights.’ Creator’s rights are increasingly a topic before lawmakers, legislators and regulators and an update to the law is overdue. NMPA is working to ensure the unique perspective of songwriters and music publishers is understood in copyright matters from music licensing to public performance rights.”
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