Yesterday, Donald Trump signed a legislative bill into law in order to protect the intellectual property of musicians – from songwriters to producers to engineers – safeguarding their work in the digital age from being excluded from royalties and revenue. By signing the Music Modernization Act, it closes existing loopholes in copyright legislation which prevented talented musicians from earning sufficiently for their craft. With this monumental music act now signed: Is Donald Trump going to ‘Make Music Great Again’?
Well, you can’t blame us for hoping after a generation of kids have grown up on some terrible music over the last fifteen years, but we digress. The main point here is that Donald Trump achieved yet another power move for the people, this time specifically for musicians and artists, something that George W. Bush and Barack Obama never did.
The bill passed unanimously through the House and the Senate, showing huge bipartisanship support for the Music Modernization Act, which is officially named Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act. The bill provides great changes for copyright reform in the music streaming era, updating licensing laws in digital music and ultimately supporting artists.
Republican Darrell Issa said this about the new signed law: “Some would say the downside to this legislation is people in the industry who didn’t have to pay will now have to pay.”
The rise in people listening to music on streaming services such as Apple and Spotify saw many musicians losing out revenue and royalties for their work, but now since this new bill has been signed into law, it will allow musicians and artists to be sufficiently compensated for their music. Great news!
Donald Trump stated, “This is a landmark bill — they’ve been looking for it for many, many years — to protect the intellectual property and creative genius of America’s incredible musicians.”
“Streaming has made music more accessible than ever, yet our laws have not kept up with the pace of technology. As such, artists of all varieties and all career stages are losing out on revenue that they have rightly earned.”
Donald Trump was joined by Kid Rock, Beach Boys member Mike Love, Sam Moore and John Rich, who said, “We always talk about music as the universal language, you wondered if that was still going to be the case in Washington D.C., where there is no universal language. We look up and see how hard people fought for this. In our state of Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn for years and years has been working on this.”
“To see President Trump finally sign this and it go into effect is so huge. It affects literally every songwriter.”
The bill ensures that songwriters and artists are compensated for the digital streaming method of listening to their music, also creating a publicly accessible database to make it easier to decide who should be paid for a particular song.
Another part of the bill is the Classics Act which ensures that artists are properly compensated for pre-1972 master recordings, and the Allocation for Music Producers (AMP) Act provides increased compensation for producers and engineers when their music is played on online and on satellite radio.
POTUS signed the music modernization act today! It’s something I’ve been championing with many of the music industry advocates for a while now. Thank you sir @realDonaldTrump the act is now fair to all and the law of the land ♥️🙏🏼🇺🇸
— Kaya Jones (@KayaJones) October 11, 2018
So there you have it! Apart from meeting with Kanye West on Thursday, the signing of the Music Modernization Act into law will surely ‘Make Music Great Again’ as it harvests the creativity of the individual, over the greedy corporate streaming monsters that were profiteering off of unfair streaming revenues in the digital era, which favoured everyone but the artist.
Watch the video below to see how it all unfolded. It’s truly a historic moment and a monumental change for music worldwide. Did we ever say that President Donald Trump will go down in history as the greatest President of all time? Well, now you have another reason to prove just why that’s absolutely true.
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Featured Photo Credit: The Tennessean