FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski addressed the Policy Summit of The Future of Music Coalition yesterday. The organization has long been at odds with broadcasters over a number of issues. But not to worry ? Genachoswki was entirely focused on the FCC?s efforts to preserve a free and open internet ? a chief policy goal of FMC ? via network neutrality. That made up the beginning, the middle and the end of his address to the organization. The Policy Summit was scheduled from 10/4/09 through 10/6/09.
Saying it protects the free market, U.S. Sen. Al Franken sounded optimistic in a speech today about the chances for preserving net neutrality by law. ?For the first time, it looks like we might actually do this,? Franken told the Future of Music Coalition in Washington, D.C.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski brought his rallying cry for Net Neutrality to the Future of Music Conference in Washington on Monday.
Noting the musicians that have supported this cause - from Bruce Springsteen to R.E.M. and Pearl Jam - Genachowski said, ?With a free and open Internet, you don?t have to have big-time, star-power leverage over record labels, publishing companies, commercial radio stations, or particular retailers to get your music to the public. In today?s broadband world, the artists themselves can be self-empowering ? they are free to connect with audiences, paying customers, and musical social networks in ways previously unimaginable.?
The FCC has yet to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) formally kicking off the process of writing and promulgating net neutrality regulations, but the battle over the scope of the new rules is already well underway within media and technology circles in Washington, D.C. At the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit on the campus of Georgetown University on Monday, for example, panelists clashed over whether the agency will or should allow, or even mandate, the use of deep packet inspection (DPI) and other invasive techniques to block the illegal transfer of copyrighted content over broadband networks.
The FTC?s theory about how reviewing works sounds like imagined order at best, misguided favoritism at worst, and I hope to bring it up at the Future of Music Coalition?s Policy Summit tomorrow, where I?ll be a panelist on ?Critical Condition: The Future of Music Journalism,? along with Maura Johnston of Idolator, Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune and NPR, WaPo?s David Malitz, Tom Moon at NPR, Scott Plagenhoef of Pitchfork, Casey Rae-Hunter of the Future of Music Coalition (and frequent WCP contributor), and a few other superstars.
The Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit got rolling Sunday, an annual meeting of musicians, tech-heads, artist managers, academics and music-biz entrepreneurs. The summit?s forward-looking approach is all about making the best of the new reality created by Internet technology and how that might be affected by government policy decisions.
Twenty years ago, the ?Future of Music? was compact discs (remember those?). Ten years ago, the ?Future? was all about mp3s, Napster, and peer-to-peer file sharing. Curious about the future of music today? Aren?t we all.
The Future of Music Coalition is hosting a policy summit this weekend in various venues across campus, tackling the big questions about the music industry in the digital world. The Summit will examine issues in the music industry, ranging from new music business models and policy decisions, to the impact of technology, to how to look at copyright laws in the digital age, according to Michael Bracy (COL ?90), Policy Director of the FMC.
In the news this week is President Obama?s appointment of Victoria Espinel as the new Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, or as she?ll likely be known, IP Czar. Jim and Greg talk to Michael Bracy, the Policy Director at the Future of Music Coalition, about this appointment. Bracy gets the sense that Espinel is pretty safely down the middle of copyright issues, and believes the Obama administration is more concerned with access to internet and competition. He explains that until a legitimate digital media marketplace fully evolves, it remains to be seen how copyright laws should changed and be approached differently in the courts. Bracy and the folks at the FMC will be continuing discussions on this topic and more at their annual summit this weekend in Washington D.C.
The anti-Net Neutrality brigade is at it again. Some may have seen the recent opinion piece at NPR.com by Scott Cleland, which offers a litany of reasons why net neutrality — which makes the internet go vroom! — should be done away with to fill the coffers of a few powerful Internet Service Providers (ISPs). We've heard Cleland's views on the issue many times, but we couldn't disagree more with his position.
In the article, Cleland claims that net neutrality principles are damaging to free speech and business. Actually, it's kind of the opposite. read more