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U.S. House sets lineup for music licensing hearings

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Music licensing is a hot topic in 2014 in the U.S., with all constituencies — broadcast, streaming, creators, labels, artists, lobbying groups — jockeying for position to make an argument for change … or trying to halt change.

The U.S. government, which regulates the maddening thicket of music licensing rules and rates, is trying to understand all the angles just as industry observers are. Along that line, the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, has scheduled two hearings to review testimony about music licensing.

RAIN contributor and attorney at the University of California Angus M. MacDonald sent us the two lists of industry leaders who will provide expert testimony at the hearings.

For the first hearing on June 10:

  • Jim Griffin, Managing Director, OneHouse LLC
  • Will Hoyt, Executive Director, TV Music License Committee
  • David Israelite, President and CEO, National Music Publishers Association
  • Lee Knife, Executive Director, Digital Media Association
  • Lee Thomas Miller, Songwriter and President, Nashville Songwriters Association International
  • Michael O’Neill, CEO, BMI
  • Neil Portnow, President and CEO, The Recording Academy

And for the second hearing on June 25:

  • Rosanne Cash, Singer Songwriter on behalf of the Americana Music Association
  • Delida Costin, General Counsel, Pandora
  • David Frear, Executive VP and CFO, SiriusXM Radio
  • Mike Huppe, President and CEO, SoundExchange
  • Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO, Recording Industry Association of America
  • Darius Van Arman, Board Member, American Association of Independent Music
  • Charles Warfield, Joint Board Chair, National Association of Broadcasters
  • Paul Williams, President and Chairman of the Board, ASCAP

 

Brad Hill

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