Monday, August 5, 2013

Representatives Blackburn and Chu Call for Fair Payments to Songwriters

Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Judy Chu (D-Calif.) recently wrote an Op-Ed in "The Hill" calling for fairer payments to songwriters by digital music companies for the public performances of music. As the debate over copyright reform continues to move forward in Congress, it's critical that the artist community speaks out to encourage these representatives and others to take action and help rectify the current imbalance in the system. As we've written here before, music creators and distributors need each other. There is value in what each does, and they should each reap the benefits of their work. But this needs to be done so fairly. Ultimately, this whole business starts with the song (or composition). So let's help make sure songwriters and composers are able to keep writing the beautiful music that they do.

You can read Reps. Balckburn and Chu's article, "Stop short-changing songwriters" here:

And if you'd like to encourage these representatives with a note of your own, you can do so at:

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