"What’s All the Noise About? A Guide to the Music Modernization Act for Librarians and Archivists"
Information Studies 289-3 – Intellectual Property Law for Librarians and Archivists (Fall 2018)
In addition to being “well written and based on sound scholarship,” the final paper for this class had to “demonstrate more than a superficial understanding of the issue being addressed and include an emphasis on how intellectual property laws impact LAMs and, if appropriate, identify feasible solutions.”
Abstract: This paper provides librarians and archivists with a basic understanding of the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (MMA), H.R. 1551, while also presenting why it can be seen as a step in the right direction for copyright reform in regards to concerns that are relevant to libraries, archives and museums. The examination of the legislation is divided into four sections: the relevance of the MMA to these institutions; pertinent background information on sound recordings and copyright law; a summary of the different aspects of the MMA; and finally, an analysis of the law’s possible effects on the work of librarians and archivists.
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