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Big Music Publishers, Songwriters Win Digital Collective Bid (1)

July 5, 2019, 4:40 PMUpdated: July 5, 2019, 10:46 PM

The U.S. Copyright Office has tapped a coalition led by music publishers and songwriters to distribute billions of dollars from digital streamers like Spotify Technology SA to copyright holders.

The National Music Publishers Association, the Nashville Songwriters Association International, and the Songwriters of North America will administer a blanket music copyright license for streamers, under a nonprofit known as the Mechanical Licensing Collective, starting Jan. 1, 2021, the office said.

The collective will gather royalties and music streaming data from streamers, and ensure that the revenue goes to copyright holders, including songwriters and music publishers.

Congress mandated the collective in...

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