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Sweeping Music Modernization Act Signed Into Law

On October 11, 2018, the President signed into law the Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (“MMA”).  This major piece of bipartisan legislation touches on nearly every aspect of U.S. copyright law that relates to licensing of either musical compositions or sound recordings.  The legislation is the result of many years of examination of reform proposals by Congress and the Copyright Office and many years of negotiations among industry stakeholders.  The lengthy MMA makes five principal sets of changes to the Copyright Act: 

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