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Music Copyright Royalties: Are Changes Necessary?

Forbes had an interesting piece recently that made the case for changes in music copyright laws.

To say that copyright law is complex would be an understatement. At the most basic level, however, it is underpinned by a simple premise: that “authors” (including songwriters and recording artists) deserve to be compensated for the use of their creative works, and that society benefits if those works are broadly available.

America’s status as a global technology leader is due in large part to disruptive advances that upend prevailing industry practices, and in doing so, often interfere with streams of revenue flowing to less innovative incumbents. Yet this is precisely the sort of progress that is impeded by the current copyright system as it applies to certain digital music services.

Read more of this piece by John Villasenor at Forbes.com.





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