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Songwriter Equity Act of 2015

Amends federal copyright law regarding the exclusive rights of sound recording copyright owners to remove a provision that prohibits license fees payable for the public performance of sound recordings, by means of a digital audio transmission, from being taken into account in any administrative, judicial, or other governmental proceeding to set or adjust the royalties payable to copyright owners of musical works for the public performance of their works.

Requires Copyright Royalty Judges (CRJs), when setting royalty rates under the compulsory license available for the reproduction and distribution of musical works (commonly referred to as a "mechanical license"), to establish rates and terms that most clearly represent the rates and terms that would have been negotiated in the marketplace between a willing buyer and seller.

Requires CRJs, in establishing such rates and terms, to base their decision on marketplace, economic, and use information presented by the participants. Allows consideration of comparable uses and circumstances under voluntary license agreements.


Actions Overview (1)

Date
03/04/2015 Introduced in Senate

All Actions (1)

Date
03/04/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Action By: Senate

Titles (2)

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Short Titles - Senate

Short Titles as Introduced:

Songwriter Equity Act of 2015

Official Titles:

Official Titles - Senate

Official Titles as Introduced:

A bill to amend title 17, United States Code, to ensure fairness in the establishment of certain rates and fees under sections 114 and 115 of such title, and for other purposes.


Subjects (6)

  • Contracts and agency
  • Intellectual property
  • Judges
  • Music
  • Sound recording

Cosponsors (5)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI]* 03/04/2015
Sen. Alexander, Lamar [R-TN]* 03/04/2015
Sen. Corker, Bob [R-TN]* 03/04/2015
Sen. Boxer, Barbara [D-CA] 04/14/2015
Sen. Isakson, Johnny [R-GA] 09/15/2015

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
Senate Judiciary03/04/2015 Referred to

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