The US Copyright Office has released a report to Congress analyzing copyright and business issues for music on the Internet. It includes a series of recommendations for future legislation, which we anticipate will be hotly debated both in Congress and the industry. We are particularly concerned that the section of the report focusing on the public performance inherent in a licensed download may not adequately protect creators or copyright owners. We believe that all transmissions, including downloads, are clearly public performances and should be compensated. The recommendation of the Copyright Office leaves open whether adequate compensation will take place and presents a substantial risk that songwriters, composers and music publishers may not be sufficiently protected.
To read the full report, go to the US Copyright Office.