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INFOGRAPHIC: Voters agree it's time to update our music licensing laws.

A new survey shows that nearly 2/3 of American voters, across the political spectrum, believe the free market should determine how much songwriters are paid, not the government.

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As sweeping technological and cultural forces transform how music is experienced, ASCAP continues to work harder than anyone to protect the rights of our music creator members.

Latest Advocacy News

August 2017

ASCAP Supports BMI Position in DOJ's Appeal of Consent Decree Decision

ASCAP and BMI are continuing our joint efforts to support the rights of music creators by challenging a Department of Justice (DOJ) interpretation that the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees require 100% or "full-work" licensing. On August 24, 2017, ASCAP filed a brief in support of BMI's position in the Second Circuit appeal brought by the DOJ.

April 2017

U.S. Voters Say Free Market, Not Government Should Determine Songwriter Royalties

Nearly two-thirds (64%) of American voters believe the free market should determine how much songwriters are paid instead of the federal government (10%) – a majority opinion that holds across party lines. Recognizing that technology has fundamentally transformed the music industry over the past decade, two-thirds (66%) of voters surveyed say U.S. music licensing regulations should reflect the way people listen to music today, and two-thirds (65%) of voters support updating U.S. music licensing regulations to ensure songwriters have the ability to achieve fair compensation for the public performances of their work.

April 2017

Songwriters to Call for Reforms to Outdated Music Licensing Regulations During ASCAP "Stand With Songwriters" Advocacy Day on April 26

Paul Williams, Peter Frampton, Rob Thomas, Eric Bazilian, Rob Hyman, Ledisi, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and other award-winning American songwriters ask Congress to support updates for the modern music economy.

April 2017

Peter Frampton, Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas, The Hooters’ Eric Bazilian & Rob Hyman and More to Perform at The ASCAP Foundation’s “We Write the Songs” at Library of Congress on April 25

The evening celebrates the gift by The ASCAP Foundation to the Library of Congress of the original manuscripts, lead sheets, lyrics sheets, photos and letters of some of America’s greatest creators of words and music.

March 2017

NMPA To Begin Copyright Royalty Board Proceedings For Streaming Mechanical Royalty Rates

This week, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has begun a proceeding before the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) that will determine the mechanical royalty rates paid by digital streaming services for the next five years.

January 2017

ASCAP & BMI Issue Joint Comments To House Judiciary Committee Regarding Reform of the U.S. Copyright Office

On January 31, 2017, ASCAP and BMI jointly issued comments the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in response to the Committee's recent White Paper concerning the reform of the U.S. Copyright Office. 

December 2016

New House Judiciary Committee Proposal Aims To Modernize Copyright Office

Recently, the House Judiciary Committee, led by Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and ranking committee member John Conyers (D-MI), set forth a proposal aimed at modernizing the U.S. Copyright Office. The plan would target several different areas, including the appointment of the Registrar of Copyrights, overall structure of the Copyright Office, technological improvements, advisory committees, and small claims.

December 2016

The Songwriter Equity Act Continues To Add Co-Sponsors As The Congressional Year Comes To An End

In the final weeks of the 114th Congressional session, the Songwriter Equity Act continues to add co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. The latest legislator to support the Bill is Rep. Stephen Knight, a republican from the state of California.

November 2016

The Songwriter Equity Act Picks Up Another Co-Sponsor In The House Of Representatives

Last week the Songwriter Equity Act (H.R. 1283) gained an additional co-sponsor within the House of Representatives, Rep. Marcy Kaptur from Ohio.

November 2016

ASCAP Comments on U.S. Department of Justice Appeal of BMI Rate Court 100% Licensing Decision to Second Circuit

ASCAP issued the following statement from ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews.

September 2016

A Message from Paul Williams to ASCAP Members About Judge Stanton's Rejection of DOJ Proposal on 100% Licensing

On 9/16, federal Judge Louis L. Stanton rejected the DOJ’s recent interpretation of the BMI consent decree, concluding that BMI is free to engage in fractional licensing. This is terrific news for our community of songwriters, composers and publishers.

August 2016

ASCAP and BMI Join Forces to Fight the Department of Justice's Interpretation of Their Consent Decrees

United in their belief that the DOJ mandate for 100% licensing will cause unnecessary chaos in the marketplace, the two organizations will pursue a joint campaign: BMI through litigation; ASCAP through legislative reform.

June 2016

A Message from Beth Matthews to ASCAP's Songwriter, Composer & Publisher Members About the Recent DOJ Proposal

The US Department of Justice has issued a proposal about ASCAP and BMI’s consent decrees. All of us at ASCAP are deeply disappointed by the proposal – but please know that this is not the final outcome of this process. While we consider all of our options, be assured that this in no way changes your ASCAP membership.

ASCAP does a wonderful job of trying to make the powers that be see that for songwriters, it can be tough to make a living. We’re not all the big shots. We’re the people that are in the trenches everyday writing the songs that make up radio. ASCAP does a great job of getting our rights protected and keeping them protected.

—Brett James

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