May 18, 2022

Copyright Reform: U.S. Copyright Office Begins Study of Music Licensing, Public Comments Requested

Monday’s (March 17, 2014) Federal Register includes a notice by U.S. Copyright Office/Library of Congress beginning a new study, “to evaluate the effectiveness of existing methods of licensing music.

The notice includes background on music licensing/copyright along with a request for public comment.

From the Notice:

“The United States Copyright Office announces the initiation of a study to evaluate the effectiveness of existing methods of licensing music. To aid this effort, the Office is seeking public input on this topic. The Office will use the information it gathers to report to Congress. Congress is currently conducting a review of the U.S. Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 101 et seq., to evaluate potential revisions of the law in light of technological and other developments that impact the creation, dissemination, and use of copyrighted works.”

Questions in the Inquiry are Organized Into the Following Topics:

  • Musical Works
  • Sound Recordings
  • Platform Parity
  • Changes in Music Licensing Practices
  • Revenues and Investment
  • Data Standards
  • Other Issues

The deadline to submit comments is May 16, 2014.

Much more including background can be found in the full text of notice available here and also embedded below.

See Also: U.S. Copyright Office Music Licensing Study Comment Form

Music Licensing Study: Notice and Request for Public Comment From U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress

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