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There are just some sound recordings that everyone knows, and everyone loves. They’re part of who we are. We call them “classics.”

But some of the artists responsible for sound recordings that have had such a profound impact on all of us have been waging a decades-long fight for fair and equal treatment under our laws.

Due to serious flaws in federal copyright law, music recorded before February 15, 1972 are not protected, meaning the music creators behind iconic early hits of Motown, Jazz, Country, Blues and Rock-‘n’ Roll are not being paid fairly for the music they created and that continues to be played today.

The music creators behind iconic early hits of Motown, Jazz, Country, Blues and Rock-‘n’ Roll are not being paid fairly for the music they created and that continues to be played today.

These music creators and their sound recordings are an integral part of the music landscape. Their legendary music has impacted the world but our laws, and many music services, simply don’t value their work. Tell Congress it’s time to change a broken system. Tell them to support the Music Modernization Act (S.2823). The bill includes the CLASSICS provision that addresses specific legacy issues such as establishing federal copyright protection for artists who recorded their music before 1972. The bill also creates a single licensing entity to administer music publishing rights for all digital music and ensure producers and engineers receive royalties for their contributions to the music they help create. On April 25, 2018, the House unanimously passed this same package 415-0.

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