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The CLASSICS Act

It’s time to correct serious flaws in our federal copyright laws.

The Issue:

FAIRNESS FOR PRE-1972 RECORDINGS

Digital radio makes billions of dollars a year from airplay of music made before Feb. 15, 1972. Yet, because of an ambiguity in state and federal copyright laws, artists and copyright owners who created that music receive nothing for the use of their work. The ‘CLASSICS Act’ would correct this inequity and finally ensure that musicians and vocalists who made those timeless songs finally get their due. We urge Congress to pass the CLASSICS Act and other pro-artist reforms quickly.

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SUPPORTERS

The music community, backed by eight organizations representing artists and independent and major labels, are in full support of The CLASSICS Act, with more artists joining the list every day.

Recent Signatures

Abdul “Duke” Fakir

Aimee Mann

Alan Price

Albert Hammond

Alice Cooper

Allen Toussaint (Estate)

Allison Moorer

Allman Brothers Band

Aloe Blacc

Amanda Shires

Anderson East

Ann-Margret

Anthony Hamilton

Arlo Guthrie

Beth Nielsen Chapman

Bette Midler

Betty Everett (Estate)

Biffy Clyro

Big & Rich

Big Joe Turner (Estate)

Bill Gaither

Bill Withers

Bill Wyman

Billy Joel

Billy Preston (PMGI Billy Preston’s Legacy)

Billy Talent

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings

Blackwood Brothers Quartet

Blake Morgan

Blue Oyster Cult

Bob Crosby (Estate)

Bob Gaudio

Bobby Colomby

Boney James

Bonnie Raitt

Booker T. Jones

Brandy Clark

Brent Cobb

Britt Daniel

Bruce Bouton

Bruce Cockburn

Bruce Springsteen

CAKE

Camper Van Beethoven

Candi Staton

Carlene Carter

Carlos Santana

Casey James

Cathedral Quartet

CeeLo

Charlie Parker (Estate)

Chedda Da Connect

Chick Corea

Chris Clark

Chris Stein

Chris Thile

Chrissie Hynde

Chromeo

Chuck Berry (Estate)

Chuck Jackson

Ciara

Clara Ward (Estate)

Claudette Robinson/The Miracles

Clem Burke

Colin Linden

Conor Oberst

Cracker

Curtis Stigers

Curved Air

Cyndi Lauper

Cyrille Aimee

Dan Auerbach

Danny Hutton

Darlene Love

Dave Clark

Dave Koz

David Barbe

David Byrne

David Gilmour

David Hood

David Lowery

David Poe

David Rawlings

David Sanborn

Dawes

Debbie Harry

Denny Laine

Dickey Betts

Dinah Washington (Estate)

Dion DiMucci

Dionne Warwick

Dolly Parton

Don Brewer

Don Everly

Don Henley

Dorothy Norwood

Duane Betts

East Bay Ray

Elf Power

Ella Fitzgerald (Estate)

Emmylou Harris

Engelbert Humperdinck

Eric Gorfain

Esperanza Spalding

Ethel Merman (Estate)

Fitz and The Tantrums

Frank Sinatra (Estate)

Frank Zappa (Estate)

Garth Brooks

Gary “U.S.” Bonds

Genesis

George Benson

George Harrison (Estate)

Gillian Welch

Glen Campbell (Estate)

Grace Slick

Graham Nash

Grant-Lee Phillips

Grateful Dead

Gunnar Printz “Mert” Madsen

Hal Willner

Hank Williams (Estate)

Harry Nilsson (Estate)

Hayes Carll

Henry Rollins

Ian Anderson

J.D. Sumner (Estate)

Jack Casady

Jackie “Moms” Mabley (Estate)

Jackson Browne

James Taylor

Jamie Kent

Janis Ian

Janis Joplin (Estate)

Janita

Jason Isbell

Jason Moran

Jeff Beck

Jeff Tweedy

Jefferson Airplane

Jenn Bostic

Jennifer Warnes

Jerry Douglas

Jesse Colin Young (of the Youngbloods)

Jewel

Jim Morrison (Estate)

Jim Peterik

Jimi Hendrix (Experience Hendrix)

Jimmy Page

Joe Cocker (Estate)

Joe Williams (Estate)

Joel Rafael

John Densmore

John Doe

John Fogerty

John Lee Hooker (Estate)

John Lennon (Estate)

John Leventhal

John McCrea

John Paul White

John Prine

Johnny Rivers

Jon “Bowzer” Bauman

Jonatha Brooke

Jordan Ullman

Jorma Kaukonen

Judy Collins

Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues)

k.d. lang

Kathy Valentine

Kenny Rogers

Kenny Vance

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Kevin Gates

Kris Kristofferson

Laura Ballance

Laura Veirs

Laurence Corky Laing

Lee Loughnane

Lights

Linda Ronstadt

Lindsey Stirling

Lionel Richie

Lizz Wright

Loretta Lynn

Louis Jordan (Estate)

Lucifer’s Friend

Mac Davis

Mac McAnally

Mac McCaughan

Majid Al Maskati

“Mama” Cass Elliot (Estate)

Marc Cohn

Mark Erelli

Mark Ronson

Martha Reeves

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Gauthier

Mary Wilson

Matraca Berg

Matthew Montfort

Maurice White (Estate)

Maxine Gordon (Dexter Gordon Legacy)

MC Taylor

Mel Schacher

Melissa Etheridge

Michael Feinstein

Michael McDonald

Michelle Branch

Michelle Phillips

Mick Hucknall

Mike Curb Congregation

Miles Davis (Estate)

Milt Jackson (Estate)

Muddy Waters (Estate)

Nat King Cole (Estate)

Neil Diamond

Neil Young

Nick Mason

Nils Lofgren

Noddy Holder

Oak Ridge Boys

Otis Redding (Estate)

Outkast

Parker Millsap

Pat Boone

Patrick Carney

Patterson Hood

Patty Smyth

Paul Kantner (Estate)

Paul McCartney

Paul Moravec

Paul Simon

Peter Asher

Peter Wolf

Petula Clark

Phil Collins

Phil Cook

Phil Everly (Estate)

Portugal. The Man.

Punch Brothers

Randy Crawford

Randy Newman

Ray Manzarek (Estate)

Ray Parker Jr.

R.E.M.

Rhett Miller

Rhiannon Giddens

Rick Wakeman

Ricky Nelson (The Ricky Nelson Company)

Ringo Starr

Rob Thomas

Robbie Robertson

Robby Krieger

Robert Lamm

Robert Plant

Rodney Crowell

Roger Waters

Ron Tyson

Rosanne Cash

Roy Orbison (Estate)

Rufus Du Sol

Rush

Ruthie Foster

Ry Cooder

Ryan Cabrera

Sam Moore

Sam Phillips

Sarah McLachlan

Sergio Mendes

Shawn Mendes

Shelby Lynne

Simon Kirke (Bad Company)

Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Estate)

Smokey Robinson

Stelth Alexander

Steve Cropper

Steve Earle

Steve Miller

Stone Temple Pilots

Superchunk

Suzanne Vega

Syd Barrett (Estate)

T Bone Burnett

Taj Mahal

Tennessee Ernie Ford (Estate)

The Beatles

The Both

The Empty Pockets

the John R Cash Trust

the June Carter Cash Trust

The Nelons

Tift Merritt

Tina Turner

Tony Bennett

Toto

Tracy Bonham

Trisha Yearwood

Trombone Shorty

Vernon Reid

Wesley Stace

YES

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THE CLASSICS ACT

The bill would require that digital radio services, like SiriusXM, compensate artists and copyright owners for their use of pre-1972 recordings.

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