Hunter Introduces Bill Offering Protections That Could Benefit Musicians

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State Rep. Todd Hunter filed legislation Thursday that aims to protect musicians’ work from piracy. 

House Bill 3836 follows through on an initiative by Rep. Hunter to breathe life into the music industry in the Coastal Bend, and protect those who create it. 

Hunter’s bill would require websites that disseminate music or videos to disclose their contact information on their sites so that consumers will know who to contact if there is an issue with content or payment for the content. The legislation would provide protection for consumers and artists against sites that do not have licenses for the work they distribute.

“This legislation will help protect musicians and other artists from those who improperly disseminate their work,” Rep. Hunter said. “The bill will also provide transparency for consumers who want to get content from legitimate sources.”

Rep. Hunter recently formed a Music Task Force consisting of leaders from the Coastal Bend music industry and the business community. The Music Task Force provides ideas and input on ways to foster the continued growth of the music industry in the region.

In addition to introducing the bill on Thursday, it was announced that Rep. Hunter and Del Mar College will host a virtual forum March 31 to highlight House Bill 3836 and other issues impacting the Texas music industry.

The “Power On for Texas Music” forum will last from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and will be available for the public to view online. Those who wish to view the forum can register at http://bit.ly/poweron4txmusic.

Texas leaders from the Recording Academy, the world’s leading society of music professionals, will offer their perspective during the forum and highlight their advocacy efforts during the ongoing legislative session, which began in January and will last until the end of May.

“Texas music is a vital part of our lives, our culture and our economy,” Rep. Hunter said. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for musicians and for the millions of Texans who love to listen to live performances. The Coastal Bend loves live music and is extremely proud of our long music

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