Capitol Building Side

Capitol Building (side) | Credit: Wikipedia

We wrote last month about Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler (and many other artists) lending support to the fight against compulsory music licenses.

Well, the rock n’ roll rule breaker descended upon D.C. again this week to focus on making the rules… or at least making the copyright rules we already have work better for songwriters and artists.

Tyler was in town to support the National Music Publishers Association’s (NMPA) drive to have lawmakers provide greater protection to musicians, particularly in the area of sampling and derivatives. Where as his last lobbying venture was in written form, this time he chose to get up close and personal with the representatives whose decisions so affect his trade.

The Copyright Alliance was in attendance to add its weight to Tyler’s significant presence, celebrating an opportunity to speak up on the importance of copyright to creativity.

Sandra Aistars and Steven Tyler

Sandra Aistars and John Mautz celebrate songwriters and copyright with Steven Tyler | Image Credit: Copyright Alliance

Copyright has taken center stage on Washington’s agenda this year, with several hearings on various aspects of copyright law, including licensing for derivative works and improving DMCA takedown procedures for artists to remove illegal online content.

Adding the voices of prominent, successful musicians like Tyler adds a different perspective for lawmakers. Hearing from industry groups and business leaders just isn’t the same as understanding the view of songwriters themselves, big and small, who can better explain what it means to create and control your art. We hope to see more of music’s biggest names lining up to lobby in favor of protection for not only their music, but the future songwriters who follow  in their footsteps.

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