Yesterday Public Knowledge filed comments with the Department of Justice on the antitrust consent decrees governing the performing rights organizations ASCAP and BMI. The consent decrees require ASCAP and BMI to issue reasonable licenses without discriminating between various companies and services.
Everyone agrees that musicians and writers should be paid fairly for their work; it’s fair and it encourages the distribution of music. Right now, the consent decrees are necessary to ensuring fairness and stability in the music industry.
Today the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet is holding a hearing entitled "Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty, and Copyright Term." The copyright termination right allows artists to reclaim their rights 35 years after selling or licensing them away. Public Knowledge filed written testimony discussing the importance of copyright termination and limited copyright terms.
Today, Public Knowledge, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) submitted written testimony to the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet for the hearing titled, "Music Licensing Under Title 17 Part Two."
Public Knowledge preserves the openness of the Internet and the public's access to knowledge, promotes creativity through balanced copyright, and upholds and protects the rights of consumers to use innovative technology lawfully.
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