Five House Members Latch Onto ‘Oldies’ Copyright ‘Fix’

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Paging Flo & Eddie: A quintet of Congressional leaders are on your side.

With the NAB-backed Local Radio Freedom Act now boasting 206 co-sponsors in the House and 23 in the Senate and little, if any, interest in H.R. 1914 (The PROMOTE Act of 2017) or the better-known “Fair Play Fair Pay Act” (H.R. 1836), a California Republican in the House of Representatives is now taking aim at pre-1972 copyrights.

With much of Congress focused on the health of Sen. John McCain, who has been diagnosed with a form of brain cancer, Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee for Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, respectively, late Wednesday introduced bipartisan legislation to close “a long-standing gap in federal copyright law.”

Their legislation, H.R. 3301, is named the Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society Act (the CLASSICS Act).

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