The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC)

In 2018, as part of the Music Modernization Act (MMA), the rate at which songwriters were paid mechanical royalties for the use of their works was overhauled. Starting in 2020, the MLC will become the governing body responsible for setting statutory royalty rates, replacing the trio of U.S. judges called the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB). Among other duties, the MLC is empowered to provide blanket licenses for streaming services. It provides a baseline structure to ensure that royalties are actually collected and distributed to rights holders.

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