California’s last call extension bill gets veto from governor

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California’s last call extension bill gets veto from governorCalifornia Nightlife Bill Veto

A potentially transformative bill for California’s nightlife industry was vetoed on September 28 by Governor Jerry Brown. The “Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night Act” would have extended last call by two hours in nine cities across the state, offering individual areas control over curfews and closing times. Spearheaded by state Senator Scott Weiner, the bill cited the importance of California’s nightlife culture and economy and the limits that statewide regulations placed on them as the key factors.

Originally proposed in February of 2017, the act had already passed through the senate, reaching the last step on the Governors desk. It turns out final stop was the bill’s last.  “Without question, these two extra hours will result in more drinking,” Brown wrote in his veto message. “California’s laws regulating late night drinking have been on the books since 1913. I believe we have enough mischief from midnight to two without adding two more hours of mayhem.” The state’s nightlife industry has been a key contributor to its economy for decades, but the 2:00am curfew is often mentioned as a considerable downside compared to New York City’s 24-hour venues.

H/T: Sac Bee

The Music Modernization Act takes another step towards fair compensation for music curators

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The Music Modernization Act takes another step towards fair compensation for music curatorsJomar 271602 Unsplash

The Music Modernization Act (MMA) has passed unanimously in the Senate Judiciary Committee, taking music creators a step closer to appropriate licensing and royalty rules for the streaming era. It now has to pass a full Senate vote before hitting the president’s desk.

The music copyright overhaul essentially partners Apple Music, Spotify, and publishers under a single licensing agency, streamlining the license management process. Songwriters and accredited artists will be paid out for songs recorded before 1972, while new rights will be granted to music producers and mixers. Older musicians who missed the streaming boom and studio engineers look to benefit here in the form of royalty checks coming their way if passed.

One of the most important facets of the bill is an overall standardization of payment rates between distribution services and rights-holders. It’s about time music law addressed the streaming industry because the current system is still set up for physical music copies.

Although the MMA has received criticism for its lack of consideration towards medium-sized business, most in the industry are in favor, seeing this as a long-awaited, financial organization of the current music landscape. D.I.Y. musicians, and musicians who own their own rights might still have trouble policing ineffective or inefficient licensing practices. More established artists, publishers, studio producers, and labels labels will benefit, giving them more time to focus on creating music and less time worrying about licensing and royalty structures. It’s a step in the right direction on this long trek towards fair compensation for music creators.

H/T: Rolling Stone

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