Copyright Office Music Licensing Study & Roundtable
June 27, 2014
Earlier this week, I participated in a two-day roundtable on music licensing conducted by the United States Copyright Office held at New York University Law School. We had a full agenda and all the usual stakeholders attended, including ASCAP, BMI, the Harry Fox Agency, the National Music Publishers Association, and many on the receiving side of licensing, including most notably a representative from Spotify.
The Copyright Office is undertaking a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the existing methods of licensing music for the purpose of recommending to Congress how the copyright law might be amended to improve the process of licensing musical works and sound recordings in digital media platforms.
I submitted comments last month and had a good opportunity to explain those views at the roundtable. I'll summarize my thoughts and recommendations on the subject in a future post.