Copyright Office Designates MLC and DLC

July 5, 2019

On July 5, 2019 the U.S. Copyright Office announced that pursuant to its authority under the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act, it has appointed the aptly named Mechanical Licensing Collective, Inc., to serve as the designated mechanical licensing collective (MLC) and Digital Licensee Coordinator, Inc., to serve as the digital license coordinator.

As one might expect, the Mechanical Licensing Collective, Inc. board comprises representatives from the music publishing and songwriting community, while the board of Digital Licensee Coordinator, Inc. is composed of representatives from the titans of digital music distribution: Amazon, Apple, Google, Sirius XM, and Spotify.

More information can be found on the Copyright Office’s website detailing the announcement.