Congress is currently engaged in a comprehensive review of the U.S. Copyright Act to evaluate potential revisions to the law in light of technological and other developments that impact the creation, dissemination, and use of copyrighted works. In light of Congress’s review and significant changes to the music industry in recent years, the U.S. Copyright Office is undertaking a study to evaluate the effectiveness of current methods for licensing musical works and sound recordings. The study will assess whether and how existing methods serve the music marketplace, including new and emerging digital distribution platforms. The Office has conducted three two-day public roundtables on music licensing issues in Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York.
The Roundtable was chaired by Jacqueline Charlesworth, General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights. Crunch Digital CEO Keith Bernstein joined the spirited discussions on several panels, including:
- Current Licensing Landscape
- Musical Works – Reproduction and Distribution
- Data Standards
- Potential Future Developments