I’ll be speaking on a panel on music copyright reform on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, March 20, from noon-2pm, hosted by the Technology Policy Institute. The primary topic of conversation will be the Music Modernization Act (MMA), the bill that would establish a blanket mechanical license on musical compositions for streaming music services and a single government-appointed agency to process the royalties. Other current pending music copyright legislation will probably come up as well. Doug Collins, the Georgia Congressman who co-sponsored the MMA (along with Hakeem Jeffries of New York), will give opening remarks.
Other panelists will include:
- David Israelite, President and CEO of the National Music Publishers Association
- Chris Harrison, Executive Director of Digital Media Association (DiMA), the streaming music services’ advocacy group
- Panos Panay of Berklee College of Music, a prime mover of the Open Music Initiative
Registration is free. This ought to be an interesting discussion!