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US Copyright Office invites suggestions for changes to composition royalty system

RHIAN JONES
Copyright

The US Copyright Office is inviting responses to changes over the licence for mechanical royalties for compositions.

Since copies of songs were made by third-party services (those aside from the record label), the songwriter or publisher receives less information – and are not allowed to demand an audit.

But the new invitation from the agency opens the floor for songwriters and artists alike to change the way this system works.

Songwriter Michelle Shocked (aka Karen Johnston) is amongst the submissions so far. Speaking on the current royalty renumeration system, she explains that the price for her work is being “manipulated and devalued for the commodities market and we understand the consequence of not being able to make a living wage from our work.”

Other submissions can be viewed here.

Source: The Register

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Tags: royalties, copyright, US Copyright Office

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