On January 26, the House Judiciary Committee held a field hearing at Fordham Law School entitled “Music Policy Issues: A Perspective from Those Who Make It.” The hearing examined the state of the music industry and the challenges the digital age poses. The hearing centered on legislative proposals to modernize music licensing, extend public performance rights to pre-1972 sound recordings, and develop a royalty framework to recognize the contributions of sound mixers, producers, and engineers.

The witnesses for this hearing were:

Mr. Aloe Blacc, Artist
Mr. Mike Clink, Artist
Mr. Tom Douglas, Artist
Mr. Booker T. Jones, Artist
Mr. Neil Portnow, President, The Recording Academy
Ms. Dionne Warwick, Artist

The IP Institute thanks Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) for asking Fordham Law to serve as forum for addressing current issues in copyright law and music licensing.

Copies of witness testimony and video of the event are available on the Committee’s website.

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