David Oxenford on music license hearings


David OxenfordOn 6/10, the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property held the first of two hearings on music licensing. “Music Licensing Under Title 17 Part One” is a comprehensive review of copyright laws. NAB was not asked to testify at this hearing where a number of music industry representatives were critical of radio stations not paying performance fees to record labels and artists. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet said he is developing legislation to address the various problems in existing law in “one unified bill — a music omnibus, also known as a MusicBus, bringing fairness and efficiency to our music licensing system.”

David Oxenford, Partner, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer, LLP, gave RBR-TVBR his take on the hearings:

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