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Online Music Going for a Song, Says U.S. Bill Seeking More Cash for Composers

A bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives that would update provisions in the Copyright Act on what evidence music copyright owners may introduce in court proceedings to set license fees.

"A service like Pandora will pay the owners of the sound recording a certain rate, and that rate is much higher than what the publishers (who represent the songwriters) get," said Stefan Mentzer, a copyright expert with the law firm White & Case LLP.

"This legislation is part of a larger debate between copyright owners, music services, and policy makers about the appropriate price of music online and how it gets determined," he said.