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The Music Library Association maintains an up-to-date website on music copyright for librarians; it is full of information that is helpful to musicians and students as well.
The Orrin G. Hatch—Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act addresses Congress’s determination that copyright law has not kept pace with changing consumer preferences and technological developments in the music marketplace. It is the most significant piece of copyright legislation in decades.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, passed on October 12, 1998, makes major changes to U.S. copyright law to address digital rights management.