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Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn't Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 4

Chris Castle | Posted 09.03.2013 | Entertainment
Chris Castle

The US is alone in the world in maintaining a compulsory license for songs. The government forces songwriters to license their songs at a rate approved by the government and then has rather flimsy rules about how songwriters actually get paid.

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

Chris Castle | Posted 08.29.2013 | Entertainment
Chris Castle

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."

Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn't Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 2: Update the Compulsory License for Songwriters

Chris Castle | Posted 08.05.2013 | Entertainment
Chris Castle

Abandoning the government mandated compulsory license would free songwriters to participate in the market for reproductions of their songs, and would be a great step forward.