Over at Idolator, they’ve taken a look at whether Girl Talk’s sampling would constitute “fair use” under current copyright law (they think it wouldn’t). A follow-up post by a lawyer friend of Idolator’s goes into more detail on so-called “transformative uses.” Not long ago, FMC published our own post about GT (aka Greg Gillis) that examined the hurdles he’d have to go to license all of the uses, and also described how current copyright law protects artists who don’t want their music used. (Idolator actually referenced our analysis in a couple of recent posts.) It’s an extraordinarily complex issue, for which there’s no easy fix. That’s why we say that ongoing dialogue between all parties is probably the best way forward.
Calling all upstate New Yorkers. Our friends at Public Knowledge — a Washington, D.C.-based that focuses on the intersections between copyright law and the Internet — is sponsoring a free tutorial for musicians on copyright law. read more
In case you hadn’t noticed, there was a big ol’ election last Tuesday, the results of which have Washington, D.C.(and the rest of the country, not to mention the world) buzzing. But what will a Barack Obama Administration and a new Democratic Congress mean for the music community?
There’s been a lot of talk lately about “white spaces” — unoccupied TV frequencies that can be used by new, “smart” technologies for a slew of purposes, including getting broadband to hard-to-service areas. The way we see it, this would ultimately help artists connect with more people, and build digital bridges to more communities. As with any new technology, however, there are concerns about implementation. Some performing arts groups are worried that unlicensed white space devices (WSDs) would cause interference with their own wireless microphones. We believe that these concerns can be resolved, provided there’s constructive dialog between the white space advocates and the performing arts community. Over the last year, FMC has been working hard to foster such discussions. read more
Not too long ago, we told you about web.illish.us — a series of multi-faceted music and entertainment events that take place at Silk City in Philadelphia on the third Wednesday of the month from November 19, 2008 until February 18, 2009. FMC recently had the opportunity to speak with realizePhiladelphia’s Dejha Mascellino and Drew Kramer about how they came up with the web.illish.us concept, what people can expect from the events, and why the open internet is important to them. read more
It’s been a while since we’ve rounded up the latest music-tech-policy news. It’s easy to get distracted — in case you didn’t notice, there’s an election going on! Anyway, here’s This Week In News: The Halloween Edition. read more
Our friends at Sweet Home New Orleans — a Big Easy non-profit that provides housing and assistance to musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina — are the beneficiaries of a major bridal show at New Orleans’ W Hotel on October 30, 2008. read more
A post at the Copyright Alliance blog got us thinking about how today’s musicians develop a fan base. The digital revolution has led to unprecedented ways to connect with potential audiences, but the landscape can be tricky to navigate. Talent (even if it’s currently only your mom or GF/BF who thinks you’ve got it) and persistence are still your best bet. The good news is that you’ve got tons of tools to start convincing the rest of the world. read more
As part of our ongoing work to improve the state of terrestrial radio and create more opportunities for artists to reach potential audiences, FMC has worked closely with the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) — a group that represents a broad coalition of independent labels — to determine whether independently-released music is reaching the commercial airwaves. A new survey of A2IM label members found that indie labels are still having difficulty getting airplay on commercial radio.