Statement on Copyright Office Music Licensing Report


DiMA: The Copyright Office’s Report on Music Licensing Reflects a Missed Opportunity

(Washington, D.C.) – Lee Knife, Executive Director of the Digital Media Association, issued the following statement in response to today’s release of the “Copyright and the Music Marketplace” report by the United States Copyright Office:

The Copyright Office missed a significant opportunity to truly advance copyright, music licensing and the music marketplace with its just released report. The suggestions proposed would continue to fragment the already-complex licensing structure and put at risk those platforms that deliver music legally and compensate music creators.

While the call for increased transparency would obviously be beneficial for all in the industry, the suggestions proposed in the report largely represent vague suggestions for general improvements, off-set by detailed recommendations that would lead to continued division of the licensing landscape.

Many of the specific recommendations throughout the report unfairly discriminate against digital technologies while supporting the further consolidation of market power among the handful of major corporations and their affiliated associations which dominate music licensing.

If implemented, these proposals will likely lead to artists and songwriters experiencing reductions in royalty payments and risk listeners having reduced access to the music they love.