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House Judiciary Hearing on Copyright Office Reviews Music Modernization Act, Black Box Royalty Concerns

June 30, 2019

With many indie songwriters concerned about how the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) created by the Music Modernization Act (MMA) will handle the buildup of black box royalties from 2014-2019, it was announced that distributions will not occur before 2023. 

That news came during the House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Copyright Office Wednesday morning (June 26) and was reported by register of copyrights Karyn Temple, who was seeking to clear up misunderstandings around new laws concerning black box royalties. Those are monies due to songwriters and publishers where digital music services -- and the companies they hire to help process such payments -- are unable to match compositions to recordings, either due to poor or inadequate metadata or a lack of registration by DIY indie artists and songwriters with the Copyright Office. 

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