A Visit with The Mechanical Licensing Collective – 2/16/23

| February 17, 2023 | 0 Comments

On February 16, 2023, members and guests of the Copyright Society of the South enjoyed lunch and an update from The Mechanical Licensing Collective.   Kris Ahrend, Chief Operating Officer of The MLC, reported on operational and legislative updates regarding copyright-related matters as it relates to The MLC’s mission and goals.

The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) is a nonprofit organization designated by the U.S. Copyright Office pursuant to the historic Music Modernization Act of 2018. In January 2021, The MLC began administering blanket mechanical licenses to eligible streaming and download services (digital service providers or DSPs) in the United States. The MLC will then collect the royalties due under those licenses from the DSPs and pay songwriters, composers, lyricists, and music publishers.  The MLC has built a publicly accessible musical works database, as well as a portal that creators and music publishers can use to submit and maintain their musical works data. These tools will help ensure that creators and music publishers are paid properly.

The event was held at The MLC’s headquarters in Nashville.


The Copyright Society of the South board of directors thank Kris Ahrend and The MLC for hosting its February event.

L to R: Marghie Evans; Stacey Schlitz; Kris Ahrend (The MLC); Christy Robinson; Colin Rushing; Kent Draughon.


The Copyright Society of the South was formed in 1988 in Nashville, Tennessee, consisting of music publishers, attorneys, music industry personnel, and academicians interested in the field of copyright law. Its mission is to provide a forum for study and discussion of domestic and international copyright law and other matters pertaining to the entertainment industry. It provides seminars, speakers, presentations, and the opportunity to present various points of view on subjects of interest to the membership. The Society refrains from taking a lobbying role or endorsing or sponsoring political positions or candidates.  The Society also offers a scholarship awards program for students majoring in copyright-related fields.

Members are accepted into the organization by board vote. If you are interested in joining the Copyright Society of the South please complete our membership application on our “How To Join” page on our website, or email us at [email protected] .

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