Several members of the Recording Academy - including President/CEO Neil Portnow - released an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump on Friday, congratulating him on his win and asking for his support in advancing copyright protection during his administration. "The laws governing the sale and distribution of music have failed to keep pace with technology, keeping music creators from receiving fair market value for their work," said the group in its statement. "These outdated laws, stemming from the turn of the last century, have weakened the value of American intellectual property in foreign markets to the tune of tens of millions of dollars in unpaid royalties." Read the letter in full below: Dear President-elect Trump: We, the undersigned members of The Recording Academy’s National Advocacy Committee, write to congratulate you and to reach out to you about the current state of the music economy for creators across America. The Recording Academy is the only organization that represents the interests of all music creators: the songwriters, performers, producers and engineers who create American recordings. As your administration begins to chart its course, this is an important moment to ensure the continued viability of music as one of America’s greatest exports and as an integral part of the American innovation story, fueled by the entrepreneurial spirit of the men and women who make up the creative workforce. In 2015, the U.S. music industry contributed $15 billion dollars to the American economy, creating jobs in every state. Today, music lovers have more ways to listen to music than ever before. But the laws governing the sale and distribution of music have failed to keep pace with technology, keeping music creators from... Sign In to Keep Reading
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