Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee

Cooper Supports Music Modernization Act & Cheers Its Passage

Apr 25, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today voted for a sweeping bipartisan bill that promotes fairness in the music industry and praised its unanimous passage in the full House of Representatives.

Rep. Cooper was an original cosponsor of the Music Modernization Act, legislation that creates a blanket licensing system and spurs other major changes. If the bill is also passed by the Senate, it will promote public consumption of licensed music, increase royalties paid out to rights holders and lead to licensing efficiencies.

“These updates are long overdue and will help level the playing field for Music City’s terrific artists,” Rep. Cooper said. “The Senate should quickly pass our bill so our songwriters are paid fairly for their awesome work.”

In the spirit of compromise, Rep. Cooper applauded the bill’s historic and broad support from the music and technology industries. The bill has been endorsed by record labels, music publishers, songwriters, internet companies and other digital services.