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.
Copyright issues continue to be front-and-center in discussions about creative content in a rapidly-evolving digital environment. And tensions between technology and intellectual property aren't just a U.S. concern -- these issues impact entertainment industries and creative economies across the globe, and ultimately shape how music (and other art and media) is created, distributed and accessed. read more
FMC staff will be all over
the map in the next couple
of weeks, talking about
music, tech and policy issues
as well as raising money
for New Orleans musicians.
Oh yeah, we’ve also
got the date nailed down
for our D.C. Policy Summit!
So you know, our summer
is definitely heating up.
Read on for details on all
this and more.
Save the Date: Future
of Music Policy Summit – Oct.
Summit: May 18! (podcast
Camp and “Musicians
Bringing Musicians Home
[…] “We’re setting up a friction that doesn’t exist between consumer rights and copyright, so how do we encourage dissemination and access to all of these works that are being created? We need to rewrite the copyright laws,” said panelist Ann Chaitovitz, former executive director at the Future of Music Coalition and a copyright attorney-advisor to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Online Music Retailers Slashing Prices
The Boston Globe has a solid piece on the recent trend in falling prices for online music. Services like Amazon MP3 have been aggressively cutting prices, including a $3.99 deal last week for U2's "No Line on the Horizon," with some other album (not track) prices as low as 99 cents. AppScout.comread more
Happy almost-spring from FMC! First up we want to say thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s D.C. Policy Day our best yet. If you were there, you know what we’re talking about; if not, you’ll be psyched to know that archived audio and video from Policy Day ‘09 is now on the event website. Read on for details on all this and more.
Back in 2005, I watched Public Enemy producer Hank Shocklee and funk godfather George Clinton debate this issue at a conference in D.C. Shocklee played increasingly short snippets of a song and wondered how much he should pay for the right to use each sample, as commercial hip-hop artists routinely do. Eventually, only a fraction of a note was left. “Am I stealing your performance… or am I just looking for the sound?”
WASHINGTON—With a new administration and a Democratic Congress, now is the time to overhaul copyright law, advocates for reform said Wednesday—but the complex nature of the issue makes copyright legislation nearly as unrealistic as ever.Representatives of songwriters and the recording industry faced off against open Internet advocates at the Future of Music Coalition’s Policy Day here in Washington, demonstrating the entrenched divisions that remain within Democratic constituencies over copyright issues.
FMC is partnering with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and FTM Arts Law to present a special copyright/royalties track at the 2009 APAP Conference in NYC. This year’s event takes place at the Sheraton and Hilton Hotels in the Big Apple from January 9-13.
The three sessions FMC is participating in will look at the basics of copyright, contracts and royalties (Sunday, Jan. 11), a best practices discussion/support group for folks who have encountered royalties and copyright issues in their presenting/producing work (Monday, Jan. 12), and a policy update on where the copyright landscape is headed (Friday, Jan. 9).
On January 9-13, 2009, FMC partnered with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) and FTM Arts Law for the annual APAP conference. 2009’s event, “Conscious Connections,” took place at the Sheraton and Hilton Hotels in New York City.
The three sessions FMC participated in looked at the basics of copyright, contracts and royalties, a best practices discussion/support group for folks who have encountered royalties and copyright issues in their presenting/producing work, and a policy update on where the copyright landscape is headed. read more