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Philadelphia Scraps Live Music Bill After Outcry from Music Community

by Nicole Daley, legal intern

 

Philadelphia is known for its vibrant music scene, which runs the gamut from doo wop to hip-hop to funk to electronic and beyond. But if a bill proposed by city councilman Mark Squilla giving local police veto power over music performances had become law, Philly’s incredible reputation as a vital music metropolis may have been over.

 

Squilla’s billl (there’s a band name for ya) would have amended the Special Amendment Occupancy License (SAOL) process of the city code. Thankfully, in response to intense opposition from constituents and the local music community, the councilman has decided to withdraw the bill. You can go ahead and take a moment to cheer.

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Good News From Congress on Net Neutrality, Arts Funding

As the calendar year draws to a close, we have some welcome news coming from atop the Hill. It looks as if we’ll avoid another squabble-induced government shutdown, because negotiators in the house have managed to bring forward an omnibus appropriations bill.  What’s more, the bill contains some significant new year good news for musicians and music fans. Happy holidays to us all!  read more

Help Us Fight for Musicians in 2016!

You’ve stood behind Future of Music Coalition through 15 years of fighting for musicians in the halls of power and beyond. We can’t thank you enough.

Did you know that FMC is building new systems to improve the lives of music creators? We’re not raising money for an office Jacuzzi (though that would be awesome): we’re connecting musicians to decision-makers, hosting events and workshops and providing amazing—and free!—resources for artists and their teams. In 2016, we will drive a global artist movement based on the core values of fairness and opportunity. We will help musicians lead the charge. And we will rally music fans and supporters to our cause. Together, we will fix a broken industry.

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Submitted by Casey on December 14, 2015 - 2:39pm

When Are People Going To Stop Proclaiming The Death of the CD?

What do punk rock, journalism and the compact disc have in common? It’s become weirdly popular to loudly, and falsely, proclaim that they’ve met their end.

CDs are dead!” howl the media pundits. “Vinyl is more important! Streaming is the new torrenting! Burn your outmoded discs in a trash fire!” It’s a cliche rapidly approaching peak hysteria, and even big news sites like CNN, Huffington Post and the Smithsonian are in on the action. But is it really that simple? read more

Submitted by kelsey on December 10, 2015 - 2:52pm

Net Neutrality Is Back In The Courts

Feeling a bit of déjà vu? You may have thought net neutrality was settled following our historic February 2015 victory, when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued light-touch rules to protect creators, small businesses and Internet users. But Big Telecom still has a dog in this fight, and it’s a big dog with lots and lots of money.

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Major and Indie Labels Will Be Paid The Same Webcasting Rates… For Now

Independent labels and artists had something extra to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

In a November 25, 2015 ruling, the U.S. Copyright Office made it clear that webcasting royalty rates for the period covering 2016-2020 would treat major and independent record labels the same, as has been the case since the the establishment of a public performance right for digital transmission of sound recordings. Last week’s decision, handed down by Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante, is a response to the Copyright Royalty Board’s (CRB) question about whether the federal statute that provides for rate-setting (17 U.S. Code § 114) would permit different rates for majors and indies.

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