Throughout the month of September, the Independent Television Service (ITVS) will celebrate the fifth year of its popular Community Cinema program ? a monthly national screening series showcasing documentaries on compelling social issues from the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Community Cinema connects community-based organizations with independent film enthusiasts, youth and families by providing free screenings, discussions and resources on important social issues in association with public television stations in more than 50 cities around the country.
Washington, D.C.? National education, research and advocacy nonprofit organization Future of Music Coalition is pleased to announce its participation in a series of free community film screenings on issues of importance to musicians and the public.
On one side, we have an entrenched and powerful industry, ominously suggesting that this new legislation will eliminate services, wreak hardship on the land, maybe even put folks out of business. On the other side, we find advocates for change arguing for a measure they view as lifesaving. And they’re damning the old guard for using scare tactics, brute muscle and misuse of the public trust to unfairly defend the status quo. . .
…The [Public Performance Right] bills under consideration in the House and Senate stipulate that the estimated 75 percent of U.S. stations that gross less than $1.25 million annually would pay “no more than $5,000 in performance royalties, and in many cases it would be a lot less than that,” says Casey Rae-Hunter, another advocate who works with the Future of Music Coalition. read more
On Friday, August 21, a New York federal appeals court ruled that a webcasting services that let listeners create taste-customizable "radio stations" (like Pandora) don't have to pay individual, per-song licensing fees to sound copyright holders (most often the labels). read more
Lots of stuff to report this month, from exciting Policy Summit 2009 additions to developments at the FCC and action on Capitol Hill on key issues that affect musicians. Read on for your monthly dose of music-technology-policy, available without prescription.
Today's entry was written by superstar FMC intern Dan Eno.
The word metadata may sound more Star Trek than rock star, but it is a critical issue for musicians trying to make a living via emerging digital revenue streams. But what is metadata? As important as it may be to ensuring proper paychecks, many musicians still do not know. read more
Yesterday (August 4, 2009, in case you need a refresher), FMC attended a Public Performance Hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Well, we're back from the Hill ready to report as promised.
In their opening comments, Senator Diane Feinstein and Chairman Pat Leahy affirmatively expressed that the Senate supports the bill. "This is going to be legislation," Leahy warned opponents of the bill. "It will move."Yesterday (August 4, 2009, in case you need a refresher), FMC attended a Public Performance Hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Well, we're back from the Hill ready to report as promised. read more
FMC's Walter McDonough talks to Pennsylvania's WITF about the state of the recorded music industry since the advent of digital technologies like filesharing.On July 27, FMC founding Board member and General Counsel Walter McDonough chatted live on "Smart Talk" -- a program that airs on Pennsylvania's WITF FM.
Walter called in to talk about the state of the record industry since the advent of digital technologies like filesharing. Joining him was David Ivory, Producer/Owner of Ivory Productions. read more