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‘Legacy artists’ are still waiting for respect from music streaming services — and a new law…

If you use a music streaming service, […] you probably don’t know this: if the song you just played was recorded before 1972, the artist who recorded it receives no royalty payment for that play. Nothing. Not a cent. […] Now, there’s an effort underway to change this. A new bill in Congress, called the Respect Act, would apply current royalty protections to all recordings made before 1972. The bill is supported by musicians like the Allman Brothers, Al Green, Melissa Etheridge, and Rosanne Cash. […] If the year 1972 sounds arbitrary, that’s because it is. In 1971, Congress passed the Sound Recording Amendment, which for the first time made sound recordings eligible for copyright protection and, by extension, provided royalty payments for performers. The law took effect on February 15, 1972 — but Congress applied it only to work made from that point on. It was not retroactive. – Adam Wernick,Public Radio International