Entertainment and Sports

Lawyer Withdrawals from Glen Campbell Estate Case

An Oct. 22 deadline to find a new lawyer has been given to the three disinherited children of Glen Campbell following the unexpected withdrawal of their lawyer, Chris Fowler. Davidson County Probate Judge David "Randy" Kennedy has appointed Blaine Smith as a temporary administrator so that claims filed by Campbell’s wife and administrator of his estate, Kimberly Campbell, will be reviewed.  Read more details surrounding the battle over Glen Campbell’s estate in this Tennessean article.

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U.S. Senate Unanimously Passes Music Modernization Act

Late Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed the Music Modernization Act of 2018, S. 2334, a substantial piece of legislation reforming music copyright laws, The Verge reports. Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander lead the unanimous passage and renamed the bill to honor retiring Utah Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, who championed it from the beginning. Three pieces of legislation were combined in the bill in order to revamp Section 115 of the U.S. Copyright Act, including the AMP Act, the CLASSICS Act and the Music Modernization Act. The next steps for the bill include being reconsidered by the House, followed by President Trump ultimately signing it into law. 

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RIAA President Mitch Glazier Responds to Sirius XM's MMA Complaints

There is increased urgency to pass the Music Modernization Act this session before the November midterm elections restructure Congress and the Supreme Court. Years in the making, the MMA has 75 bipartisan co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate and represents a compromise between music creators and digital services. However, Sirius XM adamantly opposes the bill and threatens to stall its passage. Read RIAA president Mitch Glazier's response to Sirius XM’s complaints of the MMA in this Billboard opinion piece.

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