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Net neutrality advocates will be heartened to hear the words that came out of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's mouth in a recent interview with The Hill. The new boss at the Commission stated, pretty much unequivocally, that the FCC intends to proactively uphold the principles that protect the open internet.
"One thing I would say so that there is no confusion out there is that this FCC will support net neutrality and will enforce any violation of net neutrality principles," Genachowski offered. read more
Have you heard about "OneWebDay" It's an international celebration of the internet. Held annually on September 22, this worldwide event calls attention to the exchange of information and ideas the internet inspires. From the connectivity between musicians and fans to grassroots organizing and civic participation, the web gives everyone access to the most important communications platform of our time.
On Friday, August 21, a New York federal appeals court ruled that a webcasting services that let listeners create taste-customizable "radio stations" (like Pandora) don't have to pay individual, per-song licensing fees to sound copyright holders (most often the labels). read more
Anyone who has had to "interface" with the FCC's website can probably tell you that it's not exactly user-friendly. We've heard that there's an overhaul on the way, which we await with baited breath. In the meantime, the federal agency responsible for regulating media and telecommunications is dipping its toes into the wild world of social media -- namely, Twitter and the blogosphere. (Do the kids still call it that?)
First up is the FCC's new blog about their efforts towards a National Broadband Plan, cleverly called BlogBand. (Hey, this blog is called FutureBlog, so we're not about to poke fun.) Here's the skinny straight from the Commission: read more
The clock is ticking on early-bird discounts for FMC's Policy Summit 2009 (official cutoff is midnight on Friday, August 21), so grab yours now! Also, we've been adding exciting participants at a steady clip, with more on the way.
Newly-confirmed speakers include Senator Al Franken (D-MN) Daniel Ek of Spotify, Dave Allen of Gang of Four and Wayne Kramer of MC5. Read on for more Summit highlights! read more
Earlier in the week, FMC Communications Director Casey Rae-Hunter was interviewed for a podcast from Seven Days Newspaper in Burlington, Vermont (where, not-so-coincidentally, Casey previously served as Music Editor). He and the man currently holding that post, Dan Bolles, chatted about the Performance Rights Act (S. 379) — a bill introduced in February 2009 by none other than Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT). So there's the "local angle." Check out the interview here. read more
The venerable SXSW Music Conference, which takes over Austin, TX every March around St. Patrick's Day, is trying an experiment this year: they're using crowdsourcing techniques to generate programming ideas for the conference. And, as of Monday, July 17, these ideas are now posted on their site at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/ ...and everything is up for a vote!
Your semi-weekly (OK, basically when we remember!) roundup of the hottest stories in music, technology, policy and law.U.S. Regulators Open Probe Into Music Royalties
U.S. regulators have launched an inquiry into whether certain broadcasters are refusing to air the music of artists who demand to be paid when their songs are played on the radio. The Federal Communications Commission reviewed a June petition by a music coalition that accuses radio stations of skipping songs of artists who support legislation aimed at paying royalties to artists.Billboardread more
FMC is currently seeking to hire an International Project Fellow. For this position, we're looking for individuals to work in 5+ month terms and help research and interview musicians and music business people from around the world. read more
Today's entry was written by superstar FMC intern Dan Eno.
The word metadata may sound more Star Trek than rock star, but it is a critical issue for musicians trying to make a living via emerging digital revenue streams. But what is metadata? As important as it may be to ensuring proper paychecks, many musicians still do not know. read more