Copyright law, specifically music licensing, has long been outdated due to changes in the way people listen to music. With the proliferation of technology, listeners can now enjoy music via channels that did not exist just a few decades ago. As a consequence, music creators have faced years of economic inequality. Songwriters, artists, and musicians have fought a long, and often fruitless, battle for justice—legislation that would change music law for the better has continuously been struck down. However, in 2018, the Music Modernization Act (MMA) was signed into law, representing a battle won for music creators. This Comment will explore the new and updated laws that make up the MMA, with a specific focus on the difference in treatment of terrestrial radio and digital radio under modern music law and how this division has caused tension in the making of the MMA.
Dianlyn Cenidoza, The Clash between Terrestrial and Digital Radio: Pinned by the Music Modernization Act, 43 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 841 (2020).