March 4, 2024

Trump claims it would be ‘disloyal’ if Taylor Swift endorses Biden. So what is the Music Modernization Act?

Hours earlier than Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, Donald Trump made one final, determined enchantment for the political support of pop famous person Taylor Swift, figuring out she was flying in to look at her boyfriend Travis Kelce in motion and would dominate protection of the massive sport.

“I signed and was responsible for the Music Modernization Act for Taylor Swift and all other Musical Artists,” the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination wrote on Truth Social.

Joe Biden didn’t do anything for Taylor, and never will. There’s no way she could endorse Crooked Joe Biden, the worst and most corrupt President in the History of our Country, and be disloyal to the man who made her so much money.

He continued, bizarrely: “Besides that, I like her boyfriend, Travis, even though he may be a Liberal, and probably can’t stand me!”

Swift has just lately been the topic of a deranged right-wing conspiracy theory claiming that her whole profession and fairytale romance with Kelce quantities to a Democratic Party “psyop” supposed to sway voters into backing President Joe Biden in November.

The singer did endorse the president in 2020 however has but to take action once more this 12 months.

She has spoken out in opposition to Mr Trump in the previous and appears extraordinarily unlikely to change allegiances this time round.

“Invoking racism and provoking fear through thinly veiled messaging is not what I want from our leaders, and I realised that it actually is my responsibility to use my influence against that disgusting rhetoric,” she wrote in Elle in 2019.

Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift embrace after the Super Bowl


Mr Trump’s optimistic enchantment to her good graces pertains to an act he did certainly signal into legislation as commander-in-chief in October 2018, after it had been accredited by the House of Representatives and Senate however with which he in any other case had no involvement.

A invoice initially generally known as the Musical Works Modernization Act was first launched to the House by Virginia Republican congressman Bob Goodlatte in December 2017, with the intention of reforming copyright legislation and the cost of royalties to performing artists – an replace that was badly wanted for the digital streaming period.

What later turned the Music Modernization Act (MMA) was in flip launched to the Senate by Utah Republican Orrin Hatch the following January.

It handed the House in April 2018 and the Senate the following September, earlier than arriving on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office of the White House that October.

Then-president Trump signed the invoice with a flourish of his Sharpie to a lot fanfare, surrounded by a medley of stars together with Kid Rock, Mike Love of The Beach Boys and certainly one of the Doobie Brothers.

Kanye West had been anticipated to attend the signing ceremony however in the end determined to not trouble.

An outline of the MMA on the Library of Congress’s website from 2020 states that it “changes the way songwriters and music publishers are paid statutory mechanical royalties when their work is streamed on interactive streaming services like Apple Music or Spotify, or sold on downloading services like Amazon Music.

“Beginning in 2021, a nonprofit entity designated by the Copyright Office, called the Mechanical Licensing Collective, or MLC, will collect and distribute these royalty payments to copyright owners of musical works matched to sound recordings in its database.

“And down the line, but no earlier than 2023, any unclaimed royalties can start being paid to copyright owners and songwriters of matched works according to each work’s market share. But to get paid, you will need to register your songs with the MLC.”

Asked about Mr Trump’s involvement in making the MMA a actuality, Dina LaPolt, an legal professional concerned in drafting the laws, told Variety over the weekend that his contribution had been lower than minimal.

“This is funny to me,” she stated.

“Trump did nothing on our legislation except sign it, and doesn’t even know what the Music Modernization Act does.

“Someone should ask him what the bill actually accomplished.”