Music Modernization Act: Eleventh-hour proposal could torpedo landmark bill, backers warn
An 11th-hour proposal by the music licensing company SESAC to change the Music Modernization Act could torpedo the landmark copyright legislation that is on the brink of becoming law, supporters of the legislation warn.
Songwriters and publishers have been hunting for new digital music licensing laws for years, and in 2018 momentum has been on their side. Stakeholders representing every corner of the music industry, including digital music companies such as Spotify and Apple, record labels, artists and the largest performance rights organizations all back the legislation.
Federal Court Upholds FCC’s UHF Discount
In a closely watched case, a three-judge panel of the federal court of appeals in Washington dismissed a challenge to the FCC vote last fall to restore the UHF discount, a decision that allowed TV station groups to extend their reach to as much of 78% of TV homes. It’s good news for groups bumping up against the current effective cap of 39% and looking to buy more stations.
Rep. Scalise Tries Again to Repeal Must-Carry, Retrans Regime
Scalise has reintroduced a discussion draft of his Next Generation Television Marketplace Act, which repeals must-carry and retransmission consent rules and the compulsory license. That is the license that allows broadcasters to include nonlocal programming in their retrans deals without having to secure individual rights from national network and syndication rightsholders.
Opinion: The Localist Revolution
Localism is the belief that power should be wielded as much as possible at the neighborhood, city and state levels. Localism is thriving — as a philosophy and a way of doing things — because the national government is dysfunctional while many towns are reviving. Politicians in Washington are miserable, hurling ideological abstractions at one another, but mayors and governors are fulfilled, producing tangible results.