DiMA: The CLASSICS Act Is a Step in the Right Direction


For Immediate Release

Date: July 19, 2017



(Washington, D.C.) – Chris Harrison, CEO of the Digital Media Association, issued the following statement in response to the introduction of H.R. 3301, the Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service and, Important Contributions to Society (“CLASSICS”) Act by U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA):


“With regard to the treatment of sound recordings created prior to 1972, DiMA has historically shared the perspective of the U.S. Copyright Office in support of full federal incorporation.


This legislation, however, is a step in the right direction.


It ensures that consumers can legally access all of the great music created prior to the 70s and provides digital music services with additional clarity with respect to the manner and terms by which such music is to be used. It also ensures that recording artists are to be compensated directly for the use of their recordings.


I’d like to thank Chairman Issa for all of his hard work on this issue, and would like to express our willingness to continue to work with his office to make this bill even better.”







About DiMA

The Digital Media Association (“DiMA”) is a trade association that represents the legal and policy interests of the nation’s leading online distributors of digital music, movies and books.  DiMA members are committed to developing new and innovative ways to provide consumers with increased access to legitimate online content, and DiMA helps its members accomplish this objective by representing the industry in a wide variety of legal, political and regulatory matters. www.digmedia.org