The U.S. Copyright Office announced this week that it has designated the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) as the new entity for licensing and administering rights under the U.S. Music Modernization Act (MMA).
Backed by the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and leading songwriters associations, the decision allows the group to formally begin operations. This will include the negotiation of a budget with music streaming services, which, by law, must fund the collective.
It will also include partnering with a vendor to provide a user portal through which publishers and songwriters will manage rights and royalties.
The MLC plans to move quickly on all fronts to fully launch in January of 2021.
NMPA President & CEO David Israelite praised the Copyright Office’s decision saying, “This has been a long, deliberative process and we are pleased with the result. The Copyright Office set a high bar and the team behind the MLC submission was transparent, thorough and representative of the entire music publishing and songwriting community.”
“We look forward to seeing the benefits of the Music Modernization Act come to fruition,” he continued. “As we now move to the funding phase, it is critical that the digital services commit to supporting the MLC properly and become more transparent, starting with disclosing the amount of unmatched money currently at their companies.”
The MMA is United States legislation signed into law on October 11, 2018 aimed to modernize copyright-related issues for music and audio recordings in the music streaming era.