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Smokey Robinson Seeks Stronger Copyright Laws From Congress

Smokey Robinson Seeks Stronger Copyright Laws From Congress

By    |   Tuesday, 15 May 2018 01:23 PM

Smokey Robinson made an impassioned pitch before Congress on Tuesday with the 78-year-old Motown legend asking lawmakers to protect older musicians by strengthening the nation’s copyright laws.

In an address carried on C-SPAN, Robinson -- whose smash hits include, "The Tears of a Clown,’’ "I Second that Emotion," "Going to a Go-Go," "You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me" and "Love Machine" – told a Senate Judiciary Committee:

"My message is simple. Musicians who recorded before Feb. 15, 1972, deserve to be compensated the same way as those who recorded after that date … I know a lot of musicians and producers and writers who have fallen on hard times and who could really use that money It’s a livelihood thing.

"The records of the '50s and '60s aren’t called classics because of their age, they’re called classics because of their greatness. They still resonate today. They define the American sound."

Last month, the House passed the bipartisan Music Modernization Act, which clarifies and strengthens how royalties are collected and distributed to artists and labels. A loophole prevents artists who created works before 1972 from receiving proper compensation when their songs go digital.

If the Senate passes the bill, music copyright holders of recordings made more than 46 years ago will receive the same federal protections as copyright holders of songs released after.

Other classic pop artists who attended the hearing included Dionne Warwick, Darlene Love and Mary Wilson, the latter who was one of the founding members of "The Supremes" and gave senators a hand wave her group made famous with their hit "Stop! In the Name of Love."

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