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September 26, 2018

IN THE NEWS: LAWMAKERS PASS LAW ON MUSIC LICENSING

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a rare bill that gets through Congress with support from both Democrats and Republican. But this one has — and it deals with the way music is licensed and songwriters compensated for songs online. Congress yesterday finished work on the bill — and the measure has been sent to the president for his signature. The Orrin B. Hatch Music Modernization Act creates a new independent entity that will license songs to companies that play music online. The nonprofit collective will then pay songwriters, including those who wrote pre-1970s classics. Those pre-1970s tunes weren’t covered by music copyright laws.

IN THE NEWS: ATTORNEYS GENERAL - ONLINE PRIVACY

WASHINGTON (AP) — How can the government help safeguard the privacy of social media users? An answer to that question may have to wait a little longer. Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with top state law enforcement officials to see how the two can work together to protect people who share part of their lives online. But the meeting ended without a decision on whether to investigate the problem further. Sessions met with attorneys general from Alabama, California, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee, Utah — and Washington, D.C. Five other states sent senior deputies to the meeting.

ON THE WEB: DUNKIN DONUTS

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Don’t look now — but Dunkin’ Donuts is giving the ultimate “dunk” to its signature product — by ridding itself of the “donuts” part of its name. Why the change? The company wants to reflect its increasing focus on coffee and other drinks, which make up 60 percent of its sales. It also is trying to de-emphasize doughnuts, since they aren’t considered the healthiest of food choices. But for those who still like them, the company says doughnuts are still on the menu. The name change officially takes effect in January.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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