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Copyright Office Regulates The MLC: Selected Public Comments on the Copyright Office Black Box Study: The DLC Spills the Beans, Part I

We once had a mechanical licensing system in the U.S. that worked well enough for songwriters for 100 years. The problem with the mechanical licensing system wasn’t so much the licensing function it was the royalty rate. The government held down songwriters for 70 years to a 1909-based royalty rate that for some reason was frozen in time (more on frozen mechanicals here). But if users failed to license, songwriters could at least sue for statutory damages.

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