SANFRANCISCO – Some of the top names in the music, technology,
law and policy will convene in San Francisco on Wednesday, February 25
to discuss the most relevant issues facing artists and record companies
today, including an in-depth look at emerging technologies and their impact
on the industry. Panelists and participants will meet at the second annual
Music Law Summit West at Hastings College of the Law to debate whether
peer-to-peer file sharing can or should be stopped, the explosive growth
of online music stores, what impact activist musicians can have on political
discourse, and the changing nature of artists’ contracts as music
goes digital. read more
Welcome to 2004. A big THANKYOU! to the FMC supporters who made a contribution
to the organization during our December donor drive. We appreciate your
support. And now we’ve hit the ground running in January, with event
organizing and research agendas in full swing. Here’s the latest news:
FMC’s Kristin Thomson sits down with Kevin Arnold of IODA – the Independent Online Distribution Alliance – a digital distributor for the 21st century looking to help independent labels and bands make their music available for sale through the various and ever-expanding field of digital music stores. read more
Things never seem to slow down at the FMC.
With the media deregulation issues still on the front burners, we’ve been
submitting testimony, preparing documents and participating in a variety
of events, including the FCC hearing in Richmond, VA, the upcoming hearing
in Seattle and events at South by Southwest. There are lots of details
about the importance of these efforts to musicians and citizens below,
so read on!
We would first like to express our condolences over the recent passing
of Billboard magazine editor Timothy White. Tim’s passing on June 27 was
a devastating loss to the musicians’ community. Tim had shown incredible
courage in world of publishing by keeping a watchful eye on an industry
that ultimately supported the magazine’s livelihood. He will be sorely missed.
We’ve made so much progress in the last few weeks that it is going to
be difficult to summarize it all for you. Our main goal as an organization
is to keep musicians and music fans informed about complicated music/technology
issues. We need to keep you folks informed about our work on behalf of musicians.
Vinnie Van Go-Gogh is a DC musician [Rake & From Quagmire] and operator of www.OASTEM.com. VvGg spoke at the 2000 New York Music & Internet Expo on redefining success as a musician. The issue of emerging distribution channels is of keen
interest to him, as he tries to exist along side the realm of commerce that is the music community. read more
Attorney Walter McDonough's Policy Primer for the Music/Tech Environment
Thursday, June 15, 2000
Walter McDonough is an entertainment/intellectual law attorney practicing in Boston, MA. This is part two of a continuing discussion with Walter about the legal and legislative maneuvering that’s underway surrounding digital download technology. Walter is also one of four founding members of the Future of Music Coalition, a lobby group that represents the interests of independent bands and labels in the digital age.
J = Jenny Toomey
W = Walter McDonough
J: Okay, tell me what specific legislation concerns you most? read more