An coalition of 213 musical artists, supported by eight leading music organizations, called upon the U.S. Congress to pass the CLASSICS Act, bipartisan legislation pending in both the House and Senate to address one of copyright law’s most glaring loopholes.
In a two-page advertisement that will appear in WEDNESDAY’s POLITICO, the artists state:
“Digital radio makes billions of dollars a year from airplay of music made before FEB. 15, 1972. Yet, because of an ambiguity in state and federal copyright laws, artists and copyright owners who created that music receive nothing for the use of their work. The CLASSICS Act (H.R. 3301 / S. 2393) would correct this inequity and finally ensure that musicians and vocalists who made those timeless songs finally get their due. We urge Congress to pass the CLASSICS Act and other pro-artist reforms quickly.”
The advertisement marks the start of an advocacy campaign by artists and music community leaders A2IM, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, CONTENT CREATORS COALITION, MUSICFIRST COALITION, RECORDING ACADEMY, RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, SAG-AFTRA and SOUNDEXCHANGE.