Fairness Rocks News Two Is the Loneliest Number: Why are songwriters punished for 1909?


Fairness Rocks News Two Is the Loneliest Number: Why are songwriters punished for 1909?

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Author: Chris Castle

Date: October 18, 2021

Original Source: Music Technology Policy

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Two Is the Loneliest Number: Why are songwriters punished for 1909?

If you don’t know the history, you may think that songwriters are paid so little because somehow they don’t deserve more. That’s not true. The reason that songwriters are paid so little is that every U.S. mechanical royalty rate we have and have had since 1909 somehow refers back to the 2¢ rate set by Congress in 1909 that did not change until 1978. (And due to America’s long commercial shadow, that base-2¢ valuation is visited on the rest of the world.)

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