Music bill puts Kid Rock, Mike Love, Donald Trump and Orrin Hatch on the same stage

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  • Harrison Bergeron Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 1:44 p.m.

    "… the bill, which passed the House and Senate unanimously…"

    This seems like an odd story for some of you people to try to make political points with. When is the last time anything passed both legislative bodies unanimously? That means Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker all voted for it.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 9:16 a.m.

    Song writers have always gotten hosed. They do the work and someone else gets the glory.

    Streaming has not helped this out.

    Think of it in these terms.

    You invent something. You work for a big company so your invention is taken over by your company due to your employment contract that says anything you invent belongs to the company.

    They continue to pay you your normal salary but they make billions off of your invention. You basically get either nothing or a small atta-boy payment.

    That is what happens to song writers.

    I Am LDS 2, your remarks are just plain wrong. It's not about government overreach, nor is it about free markets. The free market has screwed these people.

    Hatch isn't a RINO either. IF you look, you will see extensive support from both sides of the aisle.

  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 5:57 a.m.

    The Beattles said it best : Come together...

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Oct. 11, 2018 5:37 p.m.

    What? A "conservative" supporting gubmint regulations, overreach, meddling in individual lives, overriding "states rights", yada yada?!

    What about free markets? Liberty? Freedom of expression?

    Is this Hatch being hypocritical again? Is he really a RINO?

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 11, 2018 5:11 p.m.

    "Back Talk - Federal Way, WA
    Oct. 11, 2018 3:56 p.m.
    Would have liked them to include a law forcing movie companys to provide filtering of their movies or allow other companies to filter them."

    Riight, Comrade.

  • byufootballrocks Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 11, 2018 3:57 p.m.

    @Prometheus Platypus:

    Actually, no, this legislation is squarely targeted not at the rich and famous, but the tens of thousands of outstanding songwriters who have quit creating because they could not make a living at it.

    The movement from records and CD's to online streaming killed royalties for songwriters, which is what this legislation is working to turn around.

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    Oct. 11, 2018 3:56 p.m.

    Would have liked them to include a law forcing movie companys to provide filtering of their movies or allow other companies to filter them.

    I hope this move comes next.

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    Oct. 11, 2018 3:49 p.m.

    Rightasrain is right about having to tour constantly because that's the only way to make money if your the band, the record producers are the ones who own the rights to the recorded music and only pay pennies to the band for sales made.

    Trouble is pandora, itunes etc. pay the owners of the music, the producers, so the artists still make little from these platforms.

  • SAS Sandy, UT
    Oct. 11, 2018 3:42 p.m.

    Why do we need the government to dictate how much songwriters are paid? Shouldn't the free market be able to sort this out?

    Perhaps the songwriters can follow Ayn Rand's advice, and go on strike?

  • QDiesel SLC, UT
    Oct. 11, 2018 3:36 p.m.

    Maybe Orrin Hatch and Kid Rock can do a duet together. Call themselves Kid Hatch or Rock Hatch or something.

  • Rightasrain Heber City, UT
    Oct. 11, 2018 3:25 p.m.

    thebig1 - Salt Lake City, UT
    "Songwriters should be paid more but prepare for the price of Pandora , Apple Music etc to go thru the roof."

    If that indeed happens then we will all go back to purchasing music. Why should Apple or Pandora be allowed to use the music without compensating the creator/performer of the music appropriately. I have a friend who plays with a really popular band. He tells me that the only way they make cash is to continue touring and merchandising. The money they make off of music sales is minimal in comparison.

    This legislation should inspire a whole new generation of song writers and performers who will be able to get paid fairly for their product.

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    Oct. 11, 2018 3:12 p.m.

    Hatch also used the occasion to praise Trump, saying, "you're making a real helluva difference in this country, it’s a good difference."

    Yes, music rights are a huge problem in all our lives, glad he could do something for the rich and famous.

  • thebig1 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 11, 2018 2:48 p.m.

    Songwriters should be paid more but prepare for the price of Pandora , Apple Music etc to go thru the roof.