DiMA: Sensenbrenner’s Database Bill Sheds Light on an Opaque Music Licensing System

For Immediate Release

Date: July 20, 2017


(Washington, D.C.) – Chris Harrison, CEO of the Digital Media Association, issued the following statement in response to the introduction of H.R. the "Transparency in Music Licensing Ownership Act" by U.S. Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI):


“Over the course of the past decade or so, much has changed in the way music is delivered and enjoyed; but the music industry’s lack of transparency remains a troublesome problem that impedes innovation, reduces consumer access, and obfuscates artist compensation.


The Transparency in Music Licensing Ownership Act addresses a critical aspect of this lack of transparency: copyright ownership information.  Representative Sensenbrenner’s bill directs the Register of Copyrights to establish a centralized database of sound recording and musical work information to which bars and restaurants, radio stations, retailers and online music services can turn to for the purpose of licensing the music their customers want to hear.


This new bill represents a major step forward for the entire music ecosystem.  Service providers will find it easier to license music, listeners will have access to a greater variety of music and the increase in licensed music will generate more royalties for artists and songwriters.


I’d like to thank Representative Sensenbrenner for his commitment and hard work on this important endeavor.





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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