Remember the horrific Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act from the last Congress? (See “The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act: The Domesday Book Meets A Unicorn“.)
Well, guess what–it’s not really dead! A little tea-leaf reading suggests that the MIC Coalition (one of the largest and most anticompetitive lobbying groups in history) have plans to amend the Music Modernization Act’s blanket license to all licensing verticals if they had their way. That would include “general licensing” in bars and restaurants to satisfy their hotel, restaurant and “beverage” folks. So there’s definitely some there there.