Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

I'm sure it's just coincidence.

It also saw the signing of a bill that will lead to artists, great and small, being paid at least a little more fairly for their talent.

The Music Modernization Act is one of those rare pieces of legislation that appeared to have relatively few opponents.

How often have you heard anyone describe a piece of legislation as "borne from good intentions"?

These good intentions include such radical ideas as ensuring that the people who created a particular oeuvre actually get paid when it's aired or streamed.

It creates a publicly-available database that shows who owns a song. It also allows those who created a song to claim ownership.

Even those who created songs before 1972 will finally get paid for their art.

This sounds so oddly just for a business that has long been renowned for its occasionally gangsterish approach to money-making.

Naturally, I worry.

The administration of music licensing will be handled by an organization run by publishers. 

Can it be that, in an arena where trust has been minimal to non-existent, a new faith can emerge like a flower once thought dead?

The strange thing is that this legislation was supported by a majority of both creators, publishers and streamers. 

Did they all finally see mutually beneficial ground where they could all make a little (more) money?

Well, the previous process bordered on the humorous. Real paper-based letters used to be sent in order to license songs. Yes, to each publisher.

Of course, this law is only the beginning.

As noted politician and occasional singer Kid Rock mused

We need to go after the record labels next, and things like free goods. But this is a great start to protect songwriters, producers, engineers -- the unsung heroes behind many of these songs that go out there.

A masterful use of unsung.

I can't help, though, seeing the invisible producer hand of Kanye West in all this.

I can imagine the noted social justice campaigner and occasional performer and producer whispering in the president's ear and helping smooth the bill's passage.

This is such a hopeful development. 

If the music industry can start to agree on what is equitable and just, we all can.

Something for Congress to consider, surely.

Published on: Oct 12, 2018