Nan Warshaw is co-owner and co-founder of Bloodshot Records. She’s a news junkie and a Mom who loves living in Chicago, traveling to far places and staying with locals, being a resource, and drinking good bourbon or Irish whiskies not aged in a sherry cask. She is proud to further the careers of artists she loves and respects, and work toward social justice especially as it impacts musicians and the underprivileged; in addition to her involvement in FMC, Nan is an honorary board member of Rock For Kids and sits on the advisory board of the Chicago Music Commission.
Nan has been a fan, advisory board member and supporter of the Future of Music Coalition for years. As part of our Future of Music Coalition Summer of Love profile series, we sat down with Nan and asked her a few questions:
Can you believe it? Future of Music Coalition is turning twelve years old, and we’ll be celebrating with cocktails at Gibson Guitar Showroom on Tuesday, August 21. And we’d love to see you there!
The party is happening from 6 to 8:30 PM. It’s a chance to meet our staff, mingle and network with fellow supporters of music at Gibson’s beautiful showroom, and show your support for our crucial work on behalf of musicians. read more
Yesterday afternoon, news broke that TuneCore president and CEOJeff Price would no longer be helming the company, which lets musicians — for a flat fee — stock their music in a range of digital retail environments. Also on the outs is TuneCore co-founder Peter Wells. read more
Last Friday, Google announced a major update to its search engine algorithm that will lower the ranking of sites hosting unauthorized content. We at FMC think this is a good thing: why should musicians and independent labels have their official pages show up lower in search returns than those offering illegitimate wares? There are, however, some legitimate questions about how this new search rubric will be managed, and to which sites and services it will apply. read more
This post authored by FMC Policy Fellow Daniel Lieberman.
June’s “Future of Audio” hearing got all of us at FMC thinking about, well, the future of audio. Listening to testimonials from music heavyweights like Tim Westergren of Pandora and Cary Sherman from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) left us wondering how the public will experience the soundtrack of tomorrow. read more
TheHill.com just released their annual list of The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful People. We here at FMC are frankly a little upset that we weren’t included in the mix.
Not one of the 50 individuals spotlighted took the time to pull on an FMC t-shirt before taking part in the photo shoot. These shirts work like a dream — you can show the world that you truly care about musicians and look great while doing it. And the FMC cotton tees keep you cool under the hot summer sun or during a long jam session. read more
[Post authored by FMC Policy Fellow Daniel Lieberman]
Last week, Universal Music’s bid to takeover EMI Music went before European antitrust regulators, who will rule this September on a merger that would further consolidate the major record label system. If you are just tuning in, EMI is the crown jewel of the United Kingdom’s music catalog, home to classic recordings by the Beatles,Pink Floyd, David Bowie, and more contemporary releases by the Beastie Boys, LCD Soundsystem and Norah Jones. Further background on this merger is available here. read more
FutureBlog readers probably know Bertis Downs as longtime manager of R.E.M. An attorney from Athens Ga, he is enjoying his “active retirement” in a number of ways— keeping up with the ongoing legacy of R.E.M., spending more time with his family (really), teaching and engaging in various professional and educational settings (like Future of Music Summits and the like), and pursuing his passion for public education as he considers the future of education for his own kids, and other people’s kids, in our country’s underfunded and increasingly besieged public education system (among his heroes are Diane Ravitch and Linda Darling-Hammond, who stick to the facts and don’t mind calling out wrongheaded “solutions, ” whether they are mean-spirited or just misguided).
Bertis has been a fan, advisory board member and supporter of the Future of Music Coalition for years. As part of our Summer of Love profile series, Bertis graciously agreed to chat with us.
Meet Victoria Espinel. As the White House’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), she’s tasked with coordinating the many federal agencies that work to stop copyright infringement and counterfeiting. This covers everything from books, movies, and music to software, knockoff designer clothes, and counterfeit toothpaste laced with antifreeze. As you can imagine, it’s a big job. read more
[This post authored by FMC Legal Intern Joseph Silver]
The first sale doctrine within American copyright and trademark law has been getting a lot of attention in recent months. A number of federal circuit courts have touched upon this important copyright principle, which says that when a consumer purchases a good on the legitimate marketplace, the law affords them the right to lend, resell and dispose of that item (along with a number of other related uses). However, the first sale doctrine, also known as the exhaustion doctrine, does not permit a purchaser to reproduce, publicly display or perform the work, all of which are exclusive rights held by the copyright holder. Absent a “fair use” defense for consumers, those rules are pretty steadfast. Still, the first sale doctrine is an important limitation on copyright, which allows consumers who have lawfully purchased copyrighted goods to choose how the particular copy they purchased is distributed. This much remains settled. Yet two issues have recently arisen that aren’t so cut-and-dry: whether the first sale doctrine applies to digital goods and whether it applies to goods manufactured internationally.