The US Senate has recently turned its attention to online music licensing. The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property initiated the discussions Tuesday. At root is whether the current licensing framework for digital services is fair and clear enough to promote entry and growth. Rob Glaser of RealNetworks argued that there are inequalities which need to be addressed. "By clarifying and simplifying the compulsory composition mechanical license and the statutory sound recording performance license, this Subcommittee and the Congress will provide RealNetworks and the entire online music industry with business and legal certainty and dramatically reduced complexity," argued Glaser.  Music publishers have recently been showing greater interest in some sort of unified licensing scheme on account of the detrimental effect it would have on piracy and illegal downloads.

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