Kid Rock comes to D.C. for roy­alty bill sign­ing

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - KICKOFF / FROM THE FRONT PAGE -

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump wel­comed mu­si­cians Kid Rock and coun­try star John Rich to the White House Thurs­day as he signed leg­is­la­tion over­haul­ing the way mu­sic is li­censed and song­writ­ers com­pen­sated.

Trump signed the Or­rin B. Hatch Mu­sic Mod­ern­iza­tion Act Thurs­day. The bill won wide bi­par­ti­san sup­port in the House and Se­nate and is backed by the mu­sic in­dus­try. It’s named af­ter the re­tir­ing Utah sen­a­tor, who is also a mu­si­cian.

Also join­ing the pres­i­dent were Mike Love of the Beach Boys, singer Sam Moore and the Chris­tian group Mer­cyMe.

The leg­is­la­tion cre­ates a new in­de­pen­dent en­tity that will li­cense songs to com­pa­nies that play mu­sic on­line.

The non­profit col­lec­tive will then pay song­writ­ers, in­clud­ing those who wrote pre-1970s clas­sics be­fore mu­sic copy­rights pro­tected their work.

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