Donald Trump could have been meeting with his cabinet members over the potential kidnapping or murder of a Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, an issue that was close to crisis level. The president could have been meeting with his FEMA people to schedule a visit to the people in the Florida panhandle who suffered terrible damage as a result of the fourth worst hurricane in America’s history, Michael. Yet, he did not.
Instead, POTUS chose that day to meet with rapper Kanye West and a crush of reporters in the Oval Office. Along that theme, the president’s people scheduled him signing the Music Modernization Act. Certainly, this was an important act for creative people:
‘Moments ago, President Trump signed the Music Modernization Act, which will close loopholes in our digital royalty laws to ensure that songwriters, artists, producers, and providers receive fair payment for the licensing of music.’
Moments ago, President Trump signed the Music Modernization Act, which will close loopholes in our digital royalty laws to ensure that songwriters, artists, producers, and providers receive fair payment for the licensing of music. pic.twitter.com/yeQxBI15V0
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 11, 2018
Mike Love and Kid Rock, two of musicians who support Trump, came to the White House for the signing event alongside of Sam Moore of Sam & Dave, country singer John Rich, and the Doobie Brothers’ Jeff “Skunk” Baxter. West did not attend.
Formerly known as the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act, it updates the music and other creative arts’ copyright law to the digital era. According to The Rolling Stone Magazinn, the act:
‘Accomplishes three key things: making sure songwriters and artists receive royalties on songs recorded before 1972; allocating royalties for music producers; and updating licensing and royalty rules for streaming services to pay rights-holders in a more streamlined fashion, via a new, independent entity. Under the act, many music creators will have a more reliable way of collecting the money that they’re due.’
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