Federal legislation introduced on Tuesday would help increase royalty payments to songwriters and publishers, likely adding another layer to the ongoing conversation in Congress about broader copyright reform.
The Songwriters Equity Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, has the backing of the songwriting and publishing community, including the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Broadcast Music Inc. and SESAC.
Meanwhile, the Future of Music Coalition said it appreciates the aims of the bill and is glad to see the conversation re-centered around the needs of songwriters, but has questions about certain provisions.
“Our goal is to maximize the value of copyrights we represent on behalf of our songwriters and publishers,” SESAC President and COO Pat Collins said. “Passing this important legislation will help sustain that value and safeguard the intellectual property of our creators and copyright proprietors.”