Music Modernization Act: Mechanical Licensing | Music Publishing | Songwriting | Copyright Law


Berklee Online instructor Eric Beall continues talking about the Music Modernization Act (or MMA for short), a bill passed to law in 2018 that updates Section 115 of the US Copyright Act to help bring copyright laws into the digital age of streaming. He explains how this new law affects mechanical licenses in music, and in this edition of this series he goes into mechanical licenses in some depth. Many Digital Service Providers (DSPs), such as Spotify and Apple Music, have been failing to properly distribute mechanical royalties to songwriters and publishers. Beall explains the MMA’s plan to resolve these issues, but he also poses questions on its viability due to continued turmoil in the industry.


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