The Bipartisan Classics Act Is Ready For Prime Time: Time to fix Pre 1972 Loophole

Issa (R-CA) and Nadler (D-NY) sponsored the Classics Act in the house. 

Artists that had the misfortune to record before 1972 do not get royalties for the public performance of their recordings on satellite and non-interactive streaming services.  This so-called loophole is simply a creation of federal courts (Ninth & Second) and apparent collusion by digital services (DOJ antitrust: Agreeing to fix a price at $0 is still price fixing).

The Classics Act is designed to fix this loophole.  This fix has long been championed by Rep Nadler (D-NY) and Rep Issa (R-CA).  It’s a simple matter of fairness and equal treatment under the law.  There is no way in hell that the legislators who enacted The Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act of 1995 (DPRA) intended to leave out pre-1972 performers.  Why has this persisted so long?

Artists owe a debt of gratitude to Nadler and Issa for relentlessly pushing this bill forward.  Also  Pandora, SoundExchange and other groups like Music First, the Internet Association, the GRAMMYs,  Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, American Federation of Musicians, the Content Creators Coalition, the Future of Music Coalition, Fare Play, the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, and the Living Legends Foundation deserve their fair share of the credit.

 

About Dr. David C Lowery

Platinum selling singer songwriter for the bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven; platinum selling producer; founder of pitch-a-tent records; founder Sound of Music Studios; platinum selling music publisher; angel investor; digital skeptic; college lecturer and founder of the University of Georgia Terry College Artists' Rights Symposium.