Backers of the Songwriter Equity Act, which seeks in part to increase the fees paid to writers by online music stores and streaming services, are distorting "the true universe of songwriter and publisher compensation" and how royalties are paid from a variety of sources, according to Gregory Alan Barnes, general counsel for the Digital Media Association. "[P]olicymakers must be mindful of the important and delicate balance that copyright is intended to strike, and look to be informed by all available information," he writes. "Regrettably, the Songwriter Equity Act fails in this regard."

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