Tennessee Lawmakers Push for Royalty Reform for Songwriters

U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker today joined Sen. Orrin Hatch at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe to introduce the Senate version of the Songwriters Equity Act, which seeks to increase royalty payments to songwriters and music publishers, the Tennessean reports. The legislation is viewed by professional songwriters as critical to updating the copyright law they say is outdated. Resistance is expected to come from digital radio service providers, such as Pandora. U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Brentwood, and U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, have also signed on as co-sponsors of the legislation.