This weekend, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich, collaborators in the band Atoms For Peace, made waves by pulling their material from streaming music service Spotify. Thom and Nigel explained that, in their view, Spotify’s business model doesn’t make sense for new artists. Godrich called the act a “small meaningless rebellion,” tweeting that, “small labels and new artists can’t even keep their lights on.
About a month ago, FMC launched a set of online quizzes. Ranging from “easy” to “expert”, these multiple choice quizzes were designed as a fun way to test musicians’ knowledge of common uses of copyrights and sound recordings, and to give us – as advocates and educators – a way to identify concepts and realities that are the most confusing.
In the last month, over 1500 quizzes have been completed. Based on 30 days of data, here are the questions that have proven most problematic for quiz takers: read more
Are you a musician or songwriter? Are you an actor or filmmaker? A dancer? Visual artist? Writer? No matter what type of artist you are, we have a question for you: do you currently have health insurance?
From today until August 31, 2013, Future of Music Coalition, Fractured Atlas and the Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC) are joining forces with artist service organizations across the country to take the pulse of the artist community regarding access to health insurance via an online survey.read more
by FMC Policy Intern Cody Duncan image: Môsieur J., under Creative Commons license
In June 2013, we discussed an emerging report that the French government was considering repealing portions of its HADOPI law, commonly referred to as “three-strikes.” The report suggested, among other things, eliminating the most aggressive (and controversial) portion of its anti-piracy provisions, which subjected users to suspension of Internet service after two infringement violations. While French officials were quick to point out that the report was merely a report of suggestions, it now appears that the suggestions were taken seriously, and the proposed changes have been enacted.
Earlier today, major companies Conde Nast, AOL, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! and others committed to a set of best practices aimed at reducing so-called “ad-supported piracy” online. The White House Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) released best practices guidelines that aim to reduce the flow of advertising revenue to operators of sites that are principally dedicated to selling counterfeit goods or engaging in copyright infringement.
The issue of user privacy and digital technology has never been more present in people’s minds. Recent headlines have told alarming stories of governments becoming involved with the technology sector for the purposes of intelligence gathering. But many are also concerned about how private companies use personal data for profit, as when Instagram seemed to give itself permission to use its customers’ photos for whatever purpose it wanted, and was forced to adjust its policy after widespread outcry. read more
We are thrilled to announce that the Future of Music Summit is returning for its twelfth year on October 28-29, 2013, and you are invited! Musicians, managers, policymakers, legal experts, technologists, academics, media representatives, industry professionals and more are all welcome to attend and participate in this year’s dialogue and panel discussions regarding the future of the music community. read more
Last week, in an event that was called “the first of its kind,” Fleetwood Mac entered into a direct deal with broadcasting behemoth Clear Channel, wherein the celebrated rockers will receive a share of advertising revenue for spins of their new EP, and Clear Channel will save on performance royalties for its online broadcast and streaming services. (Keep in mind that AM/FM radio is not obligated to compensate performers, but under the terms of this deal, Fleetwood Mac will receive revenue from over-the-air plays.) read more
Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a public notice announcing a filing window for applications for new low power FM (LPFM) radio stations. LPFMs are community-based, non-commercial radio stations that operate at 100 watts or less and reach a radius of 3 to 7 miles (check out our LPFM fact sheet for more info).
These small but mighty stations are an alternative to broadcasters that seem to play the same five songs on infinite repeat, and provide opportunities for local and niche artists to recieve airplay. LPFMs also offer a wide variety of small, independent organizations — including schools, civic groups, churches, and non-profits — a platform from which to engage with local communities.
The new low power application has a few important changes from the past. First, new stations will be permitted in urban areas for the first time ever. As long as an applicant can prove that their station would cause no harmful interference, the FCC will grant a special waiver. This new change will double or triple the number of new stations available, and it’s a major victory for Prometheus and our allies who fought for it.
Additionally, the FCC will offer special incentives to stations that provide local programming, and who maintain publicly accessible studios — a focus on community-driven broadcasting that we can really get behind.
Here’s a little background: Victoria Espinel is the chief officer of IPEC and serves the White House on matters of IP enforcement. In this capacity, she is tasked with coordinating the many federal agencies that work to prevent copyright infringement and counterfeiting. This covers everything from books, movies, and music to software, designer clothes andpotentially harmful consumer items. Espinel’s post at the White House blog provides a good overview of her work and purpose of the Joint Strategic Plan.
Here at FMC, the part of intellectual property we pay the most attention to is copyright.