Now I never said that Music Modernization Act was a self-licking ice cream cone. That was someone else.
The Google “license” in the MMA on pre-72 recordings allows a sound recording owner of a pre-72 recording to approve or disapprove a request for a noncommercial use of that recording. However ridiculous this whole thing is, it is the law, so we must deal with it. We will have more to say about the proposed regulation in coming days, but a couple points jump right out–most importantly, the obligation on the user to clear the song in the recording before burdening either the Copyright Office or the sound recording copyright owner with a no-money clearance request.