The music industry is preparing for changes on the House Judiciary Committee, as Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) is set to leave.
Watt, ranking member of the Judiciary subcommittee on intellectual property, was confirmed as the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency earlier this month and is set to assume his new role on Jan. 6.
According to committee procedure, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) is next in line for Watt’s ranking member spot on the intellectual property subcommittee, should he want the position.
The music industry is expecting Nadler “to continue to show support for many core concerns, including equitable compensation on digital and over-the-air broadcast platforms,” Casey Rae, interim executive director of the Future of Music Coalition, said.
Nadler has support from a range of players in the music industry, Rae said.
“It’s not just the big entertainment companies that would welcome a Nadler chairmanship,” he said. “Independent labels have a good relationship with him, as he recognizes that sector’s contribution to the American export market.”
Nadler would also be “a strong voice” on the intellectual property subcommittee as the Judiciary Committee continues its ongoing reassessment of copyright law, Rae said.