• Clement S. Sealy, Jr.


The U.S. Copyright Office has designated the NMPA, NSAI, and SONA-backed Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) to begin implementation of the Music Modernization Act (MMA), the time has come for the music publishing industry to get organized in regards data.

One of the MLC’s main duties is to create and maintain a database of music composition copyrights and their respective owners, allowing the group to collect mechanical royalties from digital service providers (DSPs) like Spotify and Apple Music and distribute them to the correct parties.

On January 1, 2021, the MLC will open its virtual doors and will have three years to attribute and distribute the current “black box” of unpaid royalties. Music publishers need to get their song metadata in order.

This is not only the job of the publishers, but it is also the job of the songwriters/creators. If songwriters/ creators want to guarantee that they are being paid all of their rights they will need to check with their publishers and PROs to see if they have the same information on their song/s metadata.  

Be aware, publishing data is spread across multiple databases, each with a different structure, making cross-compatibility a major problem. Also, many publishers do not have data on the various recordings of their compositions, and this is the same at record labels. Moreover, the quality of the data may be less desirable. many example data filings that may be an issue can be symbols before or after a client's name or the name of the recording, along with making duplicate data entries.

Review of your metadata and confirm with your publishing company or PRO. Make sure you have the same information and keep your metadata up-to-date.

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