Today, Public Knowledge, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) submitted written testimony to the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet for the hearing titled, “Music Licensing Under Title 17 Part Two.”
The following can be attributed to Jodie Griffin, Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge:
“Law that shapes the music licensing system should encourage a competitive and innovative market of music platforms that are accountable to music fans and musicians. This requires a set of well-developed structures that promote efficient licensing practices that minimize costs for everyone while promoting competition between intermediaries like record labels, publishers, collective licensing organizations, and distribution services.
“It has been said that companies operating in the music industry today must navigate a labyrinth of music licensing to be successful. Public Knowledge, CFA, and EFF ask Congress to support policies that will simplify and strengthen music licensing mechanisms to promote the development of new competitive services while providing reasonable compensation for artists. The music licensing structures shaped or encouraged by copyright law should promote the creation of new music and increase the public’s access to that music.”
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