US music licensing laws 'arcane and dysfunctional,' says RIAA chairman

Posted in: Online TV/Music at 27/06/2014 18:14

Music industry leaders fought for changes to American copyright law at a House judiciary meeting on Wednesday, telling lawmakers how the complicated licensing system challenges their ability - and that of music creators - to make money.

Nearly all of the nine witnesses on Wednesday called for an overhaul of current music licensing law, including Cary Sherman, chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), who described the current system for licensing as "antiquated, inefficient and frankly, broken" and "arcane and complex and dysfunctional." Sherman called for a holistic solution to the laws instead of piecemeal changes to current licensing standards.

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