President's Corner - February 2014
Friday, the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) released its annual Special 301 Report and recommendations to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) regarding global intellectual property protection and enforcement. Songwriters and their music publishing partners rely on strong copyright protections that allow for fair compensation both domestically and abroad. In fact, it’s essential. I applaud the IIPA for its work that benefits American creators from all industries, and encourage USTR to consider these as they form the official 301 Report.
While IIPA and others fight for creators abroad, NMPA continues its fight to protect the rights of music publishers on all fronts. This month marks the start of NMPA's modernization program that will allow us to more effectively fight that battle. The program, approved previously by the NMPA Board of Directors and membership, involves a change in the way members pay dues and ensures our role as the primary trade association, public advocate and business resource for the music publishing community well into the 21st Century. In the coming days, you'll receive an email from me further explaining why we adopted the program, and directing publishers to a website that provides additional information including how to sign up.
A closing congratulations to all songwriters and music publishers recognized at this year’s Grammy Awards, particularly Joel Little and Ella Yelich O’Connor – also known as Lorde – songwriters behind “Royals” which won Song of the Year, and of course publishers Songs Music Publishing and Sony ATV Music Publishing. Songwriters and their publishing partners are not only an essential piece of the music we all love but the strength of our creative community.
Until next time,