The National Music Publishers Association and the Recording Industry Association of America, two of the most influential organizations across the U.S. music industry, are calling on the American Law Institute to reject its Restatement of copyright law, labeling it regressive and too extreme.
In a statement and letter to the ALI Council, the NMPA and RIAA argue that the Restatement reinterprets existing copyright law "in a manner that harms creators and walks back the great strides that have recently been made." NMPA president and CEO David Israelite charges that the Restatement was penned by "extremist anti-copyright lawyers" and urges the council to vote no when it comes to the floor.
"We hope they will reject this sham attempt to undermine hard fought principles of understood law," Israelite said. "This thinly-veiled attempt to subvert the law and undermine creators and must be stopped."