April 11, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) delivered the following remarks during the Judiciary Committee Markup of the Music Modernization Act. In December, Rep. Lieu joined colleagues in introducing H.R. 4706, the Music Modernization Act, which updates the music licensing system for the first time in almost two decades.

In his remarks, Mr. Lieu said:

  • Thank you Mr. Chairman.
  • I want to thank Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Nadler, Congressman Doug Collins, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, the full committee and particularly our fantastic IP Subcommittee staff for paving the way for this impactful piece of legislation.
  • As the representative for California’s 33rd District, these issues hit close to home.
  • My district is the heart of California’s music industry. It is home to thousands of brilliant songwriters, publishers, engineers, record producers, recording artists, and musicians.
  • I am proud to have worked with such a unique and engaged community. Their input has been invaluable. They make up different threads of the industry’s fabric, but share a common goal of developing solutions to some of the most complex and longstanding copyright issues facing our country.  
  • As my colleagues on the Constitution Subcommittee know well, Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the authority “[t]o Promote the Progress of Science and [the] useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”
  • In other words, Mr. Chairman, this nation is built on the idea that innovation flows when people are able to leverage their creative potential and make a living doing it.
  • Today, we honor that legacy by moving federal music copyright forward to ensure those who create the music we love are compensated for their work, and those who deliver it to us have clear rules of the road and the infrastructure they need to innovate and thrive in the internet age.
  • But creators and streaming services aren’t the only ones who rely on a well-functioning copyright system. A robust and up-to-date Copyright Act is important to everyone – especially the general public – which ultimately benefits from their creative work.
  • I am a proud original cosponsor of this legislation because like my colleagues, I agree it’s time to bring the music industry into the 21st century.
  • I urge my colleagues to vote yes on this bill and with that I yield back, Mr. Chairman.