On Friday, the Copyright Office extended by one week the deadline for comments on its wide-ranging proceeding on the current music licensing regime and whether reforms are necessary or appropriate. We wrote about the proceeding and the many questions that it raises here. Comments are now due on May 23. Comments can be filed on the Copyright Office website, here.
In addition, the Copyright Office announced a series of three roundtable discussions to be held at different sites across the country – in Nashville, Los Angeles and New York. At these roundtables, stakeholders in the music industry and interested members of the public can address the issues raised in the Inquiry. Interested parties who want to be considered for guaranteed participation in the round table discussions need to sign up by May 20, using the form available here. At that same link, the discussion topics for these roundtables are set out – covering the broad range of music royalty and licensing issues raised in the Inquiry. Clearly, this is an important proceeding in which many in the music and media industries will want to participate – but it is just one of many proceedings that may affect the way that broadcasters and digital media services use music in the future.
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