Posts by Marco Foley

Honoring indigenous American music creators and artists

Update from Executive Committee member, Charles Sanders: “It was my honor this afternoon to moderate an A2IM Panel that included three of the best young singer songwriters working and writing today: Quinn Christopherson, Raye Zaragoza and Katherine “KP” Paul (Black Belt Eagle Scout). We had a terrific, wide-ranging conversation on the opportunities and challenges facing…
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buyouts in music

Ex Parte meeting summary with the United States Copyight Office

Re: Summary of the November 13, 2020 Ex-Parte Meeting Between the United States Copyright Office on behalf of the following independent, US-based music creator organizations: the Songwriters Guild of America, Inc. (SGA), the Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL), and Music Creators North America, Inc. (MCNA) – Docket Number 2020-12. On Friday, November 13, 2020,…
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MCNA, SGA and SCL comments on the Music Modernization Act (August 2020)

Comments of the Songwriters Guild of America, Inc. joined by the Society of Composers and Lyricists and endorsed by Music Creators North America, Inc. Re: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Inquiry Issued by the United States Copyright Office Concerning the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act of 2018: Music Modernization Act Transition Period Transfer…
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Defining, understanding and evaluating the concept of “buyouts”

Defining, understanding and evaluating the concept of “buyouts” in the transfer & licensing of copyrighted musical works I.  Introduction to the “buyouts” issue Currently, one of the most debated topics among members of the global music creator community of composers and songwriters is the complex definition of the term “buyout” as used to describe certain…
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A letter on racial justice from a member of the American music community

Dear Senator/Representative I am writing to you today as a proud member of the United States music community, the industry that led the way by example toward racial integration in America. From the days that New Orleans served as the world’s melting pot of music and culture, to Paul Robeson starring in Jerome Kern’s “Showboat”…
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MCNA letter regarding the term of copyright protection for musical works in Canada

Sent to Hon. Daniel Lee, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Innovation & Intellectual Property (Acting). Office of the United States Trade Representative.   Dear Mr. Lee Music Creators North America, Inc. (MCNA) is the representative coalition for tens of thousands of songwriters and music composers throughout the United States and Canada. We write today to…
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Songwriters Guild of America applauds U.S. Copyright Office’s announcement of strict oversight approach to the MMA Music Licensing Collective

Independent music creator organizations look forward to working with Copyright Office in protecting songwriter and composer rights July 8, 2019, New York City – The Songwriters Guild of America, Inc. (SGA), the nation’s largest and longest established advocacy organization run solely by and for music creators, has announced its support for the strict oversight approach…
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European Copyright Directive

Music Creators North America coalition applauds landmark European Copyright Directive

March 27, 2019. Los Angeles, Nashville, New York and Toronto: The member organizations of Music Creators North America (MCNA) are both elated and proud over the passage yesterday by the European Parliament of the Copyright in the Single Digital Market Directive. The global songwriter and composer community came together in support of this landmark directive…
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