Yesterday (April 12), a judge for the United States District Court in Manhattan ruled that popular peer-to-peer file trading service Limewire was liable for copyright infringement. The decision was similar to the 2005 ruling against Grokster — both cases found the services in question guilty of “inducing” copyright infringement.
Judge Kimba Brown’s summary judgement against Limewire certainly made the major labels happy, but what, exactly is the basis for the decision? read more
Here at FMC, we’re all about helping artists get a leg up on their careers. But with so many aspects of the music biz in flux, it’s tough to know where to start. Our friends at SoundExchange — the nonprofit that collects and distributes digital performance royalties to artists and labels — have come up with a handy checklist will help you on your way.
If you're a Last.fm user, you may have noticed some changes at the popular music site, one of which is that the company will no longer offer on-demand track streaming, but instead refer users to third-party partners like MOG and read more
Let's get out our time machine and set the coordinates for 2013. Why that date? Because that's when a lot of creators will see copyrights that they signed away in 1978 revert back to them.
This is a big deal for musicians and songwriters who decades ago assigned their rights to a label or a publisher. With their songs back under their control, artists could license them directly to TV and movies, re-release albums on their own imprints, or even re-transfer their stuff to a label or publisher in a more lucrative deal. read more
Anyone who follows FMC's work knows that one of our core issues is ensuring musicians have access to health insurance and affordable health care. That's why we're happy to pass along some information to musicians in the NYC area about an upcoming voice screening being organized by MusiCares. read more
You may have heard that Big Star leader Alex Chilton passed away on March 17 — a few days before a scheduled appearance at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
Chilton was the premier architect of a musical style that came to be known as "power-pop," and his work with Big Star influenced tons of acts, from Cheap Trick to R.E.M. to the Replacements to Wilco. Though the band didn't sell a ton of records when they were originally together, they left an indelible mark on rock 'n' roll, and their legacy looms large over pretty much anyone with a guitar and half a sense of melody. (Chilton had a whole sense. And then some.) read more
Today's post is by FMC Communications Intern Peter Haugen.
For the past seven years, Rhapsody was partnered with RealNetworks and MTV, but, as of Tuesday morning, the music subscription service is flying solo. In other words, Rhapsody, which has been around for the better part of a decade, is now officially labeled a “start-up.” Again.
So why, exactly, did the company decide to go its own way? Did Rhapsody, like many people who chose to end a relationship, simply need its space? read more
FMC’s Casey Rae-Hunter thinks popular Web-streaming services like Pandora, Rhapsody, LastFM, Mog and Spotify could become more viable due to economies of scale. More users equal more revenue, and possibly lower prices for the service to consumers.
“It seems that consumers have been trained by the Internet to believe that they can get anything they want whenever they want,” he said. “The key is to make sure that the creator is getting paid somewhere.”