Collins Praises Judiciary Passage of Music Modernization Act

Politics, Press Release

WASHINGTON—The House Judiciary Committee today favorably reported H.R. 5447, the Music Modernization Act, with a vote of 32-0 that paves the way for this legislation to receive a vote on the House floor. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement in response.

“The current music licensing landscape undervalues music creators and underserves music consumers. Outdated copyright laws have produced unnecessary liabilities and inefficiencies within the licensing system, and stakeholders across the music industry have called for reform.

“I applaud Chairman Goodlatte for making copyright reform a priority of the Judiciary Committee. With lessons from numerous Judiciary hearings on music licensing and meetings with industry stakeholders, I introduced the Music Modernization Act to bring our music licensing laws into the 21st century, level the playing field for songwriters and increase efficiencies that encourage innovation. 

“I’m grateful to have partnered with my friend, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, in pursuing meaningful improvements to outmoded policy, and for the opportunity to collaborate with Senators Hatch and Alexander. The CLASSICS Act, authored by Reps. Issa and Nadler, and the AMP Act, offered by Reps. Crowley and Rooney, have also strengthened this package and paved the way for a fairer system.  

“I’m proud to see the Judiciary Committee pass this legislation with overwhelming industry consensus and bipartisan support, and I hope to see the House vote soon to usher in the most significant music licensing updates of our generation.

H.R. 5447 includes the Music Modernization Act originally introduced by Reps. Doug Collins and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), the CLASSICS Act, introduced by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), and the AMP Act, introduced by Reps. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.).

Support for the Music Modernization Act includes the following:

National Association of Music Publishers (NMPA)
Digital Media Association (DiMA)
Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)
Songwriters of North America (SONA)
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
Songwriters Guild of America (SGA)
Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP)
Church Music Publishers Association (CMPA)
Music Publishers Association (MPA)
Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL)
Global Music Rights (GMR)
Council of Music Creators (CMC)
SX Works
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
PMA (Production Music)
Association of Gospel Music (AGM)
A2IM (Independent Labels)
Recording Academy
American Federation of Musicians (AFM)
Rhythm & Blues Foundation
Living Legends Foundation
Music Managers Forum – US
Copyright Alliance
Internet Association
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center
Americans for Tax Reform
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Center for Individual Freedom
Free State Foundation
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
American Commitment
American Conservative Union
American Legislative Exchange Council
Consumer Action for a Strong Economy
Digital Liberty
Frontiers of Freedom
Institute for Policy Innovation
Less Government
Property Rights Alliance
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council
National Taxpayers Union
Trade Alliance to Promote Prosperity

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