Congress Is Giving Musicians First Chance of Fair Pay in Decades

Spotify doesn’t have a feature allowing you to see into the back-end of music – the thorny tangle of copyright, licensing, distribution and royalty rules that governs how artists get paid – whenever you stream a song. If it did, few people would understand it anyway.

Money in the music business moves through not one central system, but a spotty patchwork of laws. The sheer complexity of payment collection, which involves dozens of parties exchanging details for even the shortest recorded track, means dollars sometimes never get to where they’re supposed to go. This summer, though, Congress is weighing the Music Modernization Act, a piece of legislation …
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