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How the Music Modernization Act is Changing the Future of Publishing?
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How the Music Modernization Act is Changing the Future of Publishing?

NMPA CEO David Israelite explains what publishers and songwriters need to know now about the historic new music legislation.

Championed by an unprecedented coalition of music industry forces, the Music Modernization Act, passed in October 2018, will fundamentally change the way mechanical royalties are collected. Starting in January 2021, the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) will collect and distribute mechanical royalties from Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services in the U.S. The NMPA backed the MMA and the MLC, and Israelite explains how it’s going to work -- and the conflict over who’s going to pay for it. 

Israelite, who has led the NMPA since 2005, also breaks down the implications for songwriters of the appeals of the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) decision on streaming royalties filed by Spotify, Amazon, Google and Pandora -- and how the NMPA plans to fight them. He also offers much-needed insight into whether the Justice Department might decide to amend the consent decrees that now constrain ASCAP and BMI in their negotiations with companies that use music -- and why the NMPA won’t be posting videos on TikTok anytime soon.


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