FMC Newsletter #119 | Feb 13, 2014
Happy Valentine’s Day! Please consider this edition of our newsletter an electronic love letter to all of our friends and supporters; we suggest treating yourself to a big box of chocolates as you read up on the latest developments in music, technology, and policy.
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Since last spring, the House Judiciary Committee has undertaken a comprehensive review of the US Copyright Act, the beginning of a process that could lead to the first major update to copyright law since 1998. Naturally, this has major implications for musicians, songwriters, indie labels, and other creative folks who make some part of their living from copyright.
We’ve put together a timeline to allow you to see how the debates have played out thus far, including videos of all the hearings, written testimonies, and our analysis of all the issues at play. And we’re working to make sure that Congress hears the varied voices and perspectives of working musicians, not just big trade organizations.
The next hearing will cover the topic of notice-and-takedown provisions under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The date and time haven’t yet been announced, but as always, we’ll be watching and tweeting live, and sharing our recap and reflections on our blog. Stay tuned!
Were you unable to make it to DC for the 2013 Future of Music Summit? Or do you want relive your favorite moments? All mainstage programming is now available on our Youtube channel Here’s the full slate of panels, keynotes, and presentations:
Thanks to all of you who joined us in encouraging the FCC to save net neutrality and preserve a level playing field online for working musicians! The petition drive was a great success, and on January 30, over a million signatures representing a broad coalition of groups were delivered to the Federal Communications Commission. While remaining vague on details, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has responded enthusiastically (his actual words were “That’s boffo!”) and President Obama publicly affirmed his strong support of net neutrality the very next day.
Meanwhile in Congress, new bills were introduced in the House and Senate to restore neutrality rules until the FCC solidifies its position. But the bills face significant hurdles; we’ll keep you posted on any new developments.
FutureBlog is your destination for analysis of the latest news in music/tech/policy; here’s a selection of our most popular recent posts:
Coming Together on Performance Rights with #Irespectmusic
An online movement is brewing to compensate performers for AM/FM radio airplay. As longtime supporters of a terrestrial performance right, we couldn’t be more stoked.
SoundExchange Will Pay Artists & Labels More Frequently
The non-profit organization that collects and distributes money from internet, satellite, and cable radio has announced a change that could prove to be a big help for middle class musicians and indie labels.
Kicking the Tires on Beats Music
Competition is heating up in the on-demand streaming music marketplace, and the newest service focuses on curation. How’s it stack up?
AT&T Vs Creators?
Data caps and exemptions show how musicians could be locked into systems that don’t work to their advantage.
FMC’s Kristin Thomson is one of the guests at the upcoming Music as Your Business Summit. The online summit, audiocast out of Adelaide, Australia, will do a deep dive into how artists can make a living from their music, build their businesses and generate revenue from their creative works. In her segment, Kristin will underscore that musicians need to understand (a) all the possible ways that their compositions and sound recordings can make money, and (b) how the money flows back to creators when their music is sold, streamed or licensed. Plus, lots of useful tips about controlling costs on tour and keeping track of metadata!
Music As Your Business Summit is offering free pre-registration now.
We’re seeking interns to join our team at FMC’s DC office for the summer term. Think you’ve got what it takes? Check out the full details. Deadline is April 1, 2014
You can always contact us at suggestions [at] futureofmusic [dot] org ( suggestions [at] futureofmusic [dot] org) if you have any questions or feedback.