Earlier today, FMC joined a conference call with Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) and bloggers on the subject of net neutrality. The purpose of the conversation was twofold: to thank online scribes for their work in raising awareness about the issue over the last few years, and also to talk about what can be done to preserve the open internet for everyone.
"For years, a handful of consumer groups have pushed this issue, warning of the threat to the internet," Markey said. Then a few years ago, I turned to you -- the bloggers and internet advocates who have a huge stake in keeping the internet open and free. . . you are the Paul Reveres, sounding the alarm: 'the big telcos are coming! The big telcos are coming!'" read more
Today's post is by Brian McTear, co-founder of Philadelphia's Weathervane Music Organization -- a nonprofit community that works with independent musicians to support and advance their careers. Weathervane's efforts revolve around a program called the Weathervane Music Project Series: a curated series of audio and video recordings featuring the artists, their music and artfully produced video of the actual recording sessions.read more
CNET's Greg Sandoval recently posted a fascinating interview with Eric Garland of Big Champagne -- a California-based company that collects data on filesharing and sells it to the content industry (you know, like labels and film studios). As can be imagined, a lot of what Garland tells these companies isn't perceived as good news. But Big Champagne has been at it for a decade, during which peer-to-peer filesharing went from a "hmm, maybe we should pay attention to that," to a "OMG -- where did all of our sales go?" phenomenon. read more
As fundamental as it is, net neutrality isn't the easiest thing in the world to explain. That said, FMC has certainly its best to illustrate why the open internet is so important to artists and fans (check out our Rock the Net campaign and our body of articles, factsheets and blog posts).
This video should make the concept of net neutrality â€” the principle that protects the open internet â€” that much easier to comprehend. read more
Today (Oct. 22), the Federal Communications Commission took affirmative steps in preserving the open internet for all. By approving a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Net Neutrality this morning, the Commission moved in a transparent manner to solicit public opinion about this crucial issue.
The goal, according to the FCC, is to eventually adopt "clear, enforceable, common sense rules of the road" meant to keep the door open for continued innovation online, while allowing users access to the broad range of ideas and services today's internet provides. read more
One company that measures such stats says definitely.
While it may not seem like much of a surprise that web radio plays more artists than traditional broadcasters, new data supplied by streamSerf — a company that monitors and reports on music played on terrestrial and web radio — highlights a pretty big disparity. According to the company, last month American broadcast radio stations played 25,399 unique artists (this includes public radio stations) while Internet radio stations played 829,971 unique artists. We're no mathematicians, but apparently that's 32 times as much. read more
In the almost ten years that Future of Music Coalition has existed, we've seen tremendous changes in the way musicians go about reaching and cultivating fans. Perhaps the biggest development in our decade on the scene is in how artists are using the internet.
It's safe to say that nearly all of the exciting things that have gone down online are the result of net neutrality — the principle that protects the open internet. read more
We're thrilled to report that the Local Community Radio Act passed out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in a unanimous vote on Thursday, Oct. 15. This means the bill will now move to the full House.
Having worked on this issue for nearly a decade, we couldn't be more excited.
The Local Community Radio Act would allow for the creation of hundreds of new Low Power FM (LPFM) radio stations in communities across the country. But what is Low Power FM, anyway? read more
Today, (Oct 15, 2009), the Senate Judiciary Committee passed their version of the Performance Rights Act of 2009 in voice vote. This is an important step in ensuring that performers and sound copyright owners (usually the labels) are compensated when their music is played (or "performed") on over-the-air radio. read more
One of the most fascinating and fun parts of the 2009 Future of Music Policy Summit was the screening of COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS -- a documentary by Benjamin Franzen and University of Iowa professor Kembrew McLeod. The free movie screening at Georgetown University in DC (where Summit took place from October 4-6) was incredible. Of course, so was the conversation with Kembrew and Tony Berman of Berman Entertainment and Technology Law, who is featured in the film. read more