FMC Newsletter #118 | Dec 4, 2013
Season’s greetings, FMC Fans! Now that the frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday has calmed down, the scent of freshly cut pine fills the air, and that one Mariah Carey song is on the radio all the time again, it’s a great time to reflect on the past year and look forward to what’s ahead.
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If you’re reading this, you probably know that for 13 years now, FMC’s been working for a sustainable future for musicians on many different fronts.
You know that our research work provides powerful data to illuminate the mechanics of music & media industries, and better understand musicians’ needs.
And you know that our advocacy work ensures that musicians have a voice in the public policy debates that matter, envisioning systems that benefit diverse kinds of artists and not just big industry stakeholders.
But what you might not know is how pivotal 2014 is likely to be for musicians. We’re expecting major debates on copyright, communications, net neutrality, and more. It’s up to all of us to make sure musicians have a place at the table.
That’s why now more than ever, FMC’s voice is needed in Washington. And that’s why we need your support in this season of generosity.
FMC is a lean and scrappy organization, so know that every tax-deductible gift, big or small, really does make a difference. Happy Holidays!
FutureBlog is your destination for analysis of the biggest news in music/tech/policy; here’s a selection of our most popular recent posts:
Is De Minimus Back In Vogue For Sampling?
Last month, a US District Court judge in California held that the horn sample allegedly used in Madonna’s double-platinum 1990 hit “Vogue” was not subject to copyright protection because it “lacks originality” and, even if it were copyrightable, the alleged copying is “de minimis.” We examine how this case fits into larger debates about sampling.
Copyright Hearing Recap: Content Delivery Methods in the Digital Age
The House Judiciary Committee’s series of hearings on Copyright law continued last month with an examination of how creative industries respond to changing consumer preferences. But are there certain consumer desires which remain overlooked?
Unlicensed Lyric Sites Hit With Takedown Requests
The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has taken aim at unlicensed lyric sites, asking them to join the ranks of licensed sites. We explain how it’s easier than ever before for lyric sites to get licensed and why Rap Genius’s publishing of song lyrics probably isn’t fair use.
Value Added Streaming
Despite over ten years of development and growth of various on-demand streaming and subscription services, we are still at the early stages of these digital platforms. The music services that will win, in the long run, will be those that satisfy users and musicians.
We’re now a little more than two months into the new health care exchange, and everyone knows it’s been a bumpy ride, with political controversies and frustrating website glitches dominating the headlines. Fewer may know how musicians in particular are likely to be impacted, which is especially important as our recent research (in partnership with the Artists’ Health Insurance Research Center) found that 53% of musicians do not currently have health insurance.
That’s why we’ve been working with a task-force of artist organizations to help inform artists of all disciplines about how the law affects them and what new options now exist. We’d love your help in spreading the word.
Tell all the uninsured artists you know to visit our site at health.futureofmusic.org. If there are more questions, our friends at HeadCount are running a special hotline at 1-919-264-0418.
The 2013 Future of Music Summit was a rousing success. If you weren’t able to attend or watch our webcast, don’t worry; we’ll have video of all mainstage programming at the event available soon.
We’re so grateful to all the amazing presenters and speakers who helped fuel the event with smart and innovative thinking, a diverse range of viewpoints and plenty of lively debate. And we’re thankful to our hosts at Georgetown University, IOTA, The Hamilton, and Gibson Guitar Showroom, as well as our amazing staff, volunteers, sponsors, and partners whose efforts made the whole event possible.
Because as Wayne Kramer said in a panel on the global sound of social change, “Music connects you back with your humanity…Only art can bring about a fundamental change in your perspective on the world.”
Hope to see everyone back in 2014!
We’re seeking interns for the Spring Semester working out of our Washington DC office. Think you’ve got what it takes? Check out the current openings. Deadline for the spring term is December 6.
You can always contact us at suggestions [at] futureofmusic [dot] org if you have any questions or feedback.