Think Copyright Law Sucks? Now You Can Tell Someone In Congress…

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The United States Copyright Office is beginning a study on current music licensing methods and the effectiveness of these methods.  The results from this study will be included in a report which will be submitted to Congress.

“To aid this effort, the Office is seeking public input on this topic. The Office will use the information it gathers to report to Congress. Congress is currently conducting a review of the U.S. Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 101 et seq., to evaluate potential revisions of the law in light of technological and other developments that impact the creation, dissemination, and use of copyrighted works.”

infoDOCKET reports that the study will look into seven different topics:

  • Musical Works
  • Sound Recordings
  • Platform Parity
  • Changes in Music Licensing Practices
  • Revenues and Investment
  • Data Standards
  • Other Issues

If you have any comments to submit you must do so by May 16th, 2014. All comments must be submitted online.


Image by gaelx from Flickr.  Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

6 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    These anti-copyright pics were funny ten years ago, Nina.

    Today, most people understand that Intellectual Property is the basis of our entire economy.

    • FarePlay

      Truer words have never been spoken. Unfortunately, it is a one way street leaving artists out in the cold. I think as a country we should be very proud that we’ve enabled and allowed technology to profit mightily on the backs of individual creators.

    • Versus

      Sadly, I believe too many people do not understand that intellectual property is the basis of our economy, and see piracy as a “victimless crime”.

  2. vonBarque

    Will submitting comments to Congress work as well as submitting money?

    • Anonymous

      Copyright has survived revolutions and dictators. I’m sure it will survive a few old Google fatcats, too.

      • TuneHunter

        Yes, Google has unlimited lobby budget and Google is natural best friend of Uncle Sam.

        To win and have new a thriving industry we have to activate lobby effort that will utilize any and every connection of music stars and music executives with congress.

        Logical and fair changes to “fair use act” will give us 100 billion dollar, discovery based industry.
        The only unjust outcome: no matter how we play it ignorant labels and Google gorilla will eat 75% of new cake.
        Still 100 billion is much better than current 15.

        Discovery moment monetization, let’s ACT!