The music industry rejoiced as different sides united. Even opposing politicians seemed to find agreement. Countless sources ran articles to help celebrate that after many rounds of hard work and addressing concerns, the Music Modernization Act finally passed Congress and is on its way to the president.
Originally introduced in April 2018 to the House of Representatives by Rep. Goodlatte, Bob (R-VA), was bill H.R.5447, which seemingly earned full representative support with 415-0 votes. The act had a harder time before eventually on September 18 passing lobbied senators, likely because as it affects many aspects of the music business, the possibility of the bill becoming law and changing the marketplace landscape got realer. As of September 25, there have been links reported by Copyright Alliance and stories from several other sources that Senator Orrin Hatch's revised Music Modernization Act successfully made its final pass through the House of Representatives and is indeed ready for presidential approval.
On September 29, searching Congress.gov current legislation for “Music Modernization Act” showed two recent Music Modernization Act bills more closely associated with Sen. Hatch (R-UT) -- S.2823 a senate bill that was brought up by Hatch; and another bill: H.R.1551 -- titled, “Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act,” which as of September 29 has passed both the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, however; it going to the president is not officially confirmed by Congress’ website, as according to them, it is currently not yet ready for the president because they are still, “Resolving Differences,” with the latest action taken by the House of Representatives on September 28. Some wonder if it’s only that the website needs updating or which differences would still need resolving.
Apparently SiriusXM wanted senators to amend the act because of legal technicalities. Billboard also said that they were, “seeking the same amendments it had been pushing for the last few months, although it had modified its stance somewhat.” The amendments or changes required for the senate to get the bill passed were more than changes of opinions, because the bill was been picked up by the U.S. Senate as H.R.1551 and named after retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Bob Goodlatte. A link to watch Hatch's September 25 MMA speech is available from his website.
Update: According to Congress, as of Oct-4, H.R.1551 was officially presented to the president, and on Oct-11 became law. Find more information about specific pieces of legislation and their current statuses at Congress.gov.
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