The Future of Music Coalition and Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
(WALA) are pleased to present the Future of Music Policy Summit, January
7-8, 2002 at to Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall. Go here
for all the details.
NEWLY CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE: Krist Novoselic of Nirvana and
Jampac, Amy Ray of The Indigo Girls and Daemon Records, CA State Senator
Kevin Murray, Hilary Rosen of the RIAA, with more confirming every day.
As ever it is our goal to bring many of the best and the brightest people
working in music and technology to Washington, DC to discuss the most
critical music/tech issues impacting our community. Both days’ events
will frame the discussion with a clear-eyed focus on the guarding the
value of music for musicians, and guarding access to music for citizens.
Register online at http://www.futureofmusic.org/regme.cfm
ATTENTION LAWYERS EVENT IS NOW CLE ACCREDITED FOR SEVEN CREDITS
This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania and Virginia CLE
Boards for 7 hours of substantive law, practice, and procedure CLE credit,
with reciprocity for credits granted by many other state bars, including
California. Lawyers who are interested in reciprocity should contact
their state bars to confirm the applicability.
Over the course of the two days we will open the floor to a handful
of the most influential policy makers in the music / technology community.
We are pleased to announce this year’s keynote speakers:
Representative Rick Boucher
Co-Chair, Congressional Internet Caucus
Representative John Conyers, Jr.
Ranking Minority Member, House Judiciary Committee
CA State Senator Kevin Murray
Chair, Select Committee on the Entertainment Industry
One of the best features of last year’s conference was its ability to
anticipate emerging trends and to build panels that brought forward
debates that would soon move from the margins to the center of discussion.
Eleven panels will focus on the latest developments in copyright law,
the digital royalty collection controversy, international issues, antitrust
developments, emerging business models, and artist organizations.
PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE: Hilary Rosen (RIAA), Krist Novoselic (Nirvana/JamPAC),
Yochai Benkler (NYU Law School), Marybeth Peters (US Copyright Office),
Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Al Franken (Actor), Bruce Lehman (International
Intellectual Property Institute), Pamela Samuelson (UC Berkeley) …and
over 50 others. Go here to see the schedule of panels:
As with last year, we have invited a number of musicians to join us
at the event, as performers during the conference AND as participants
in the debate. Because of some generous contributions from our sponsors,
100 musicians are able to attend the event on a scholarship status.
We would encourage any working musicians who want to engage in the music/tech
debate and better understand the issues affecting their livelihood to
fill out a scholarship application online here.
Admission to Conference
Registration fee includes access to all panels, breakfast and lunch,
and CLE materials for practicing lawyers:
$750 for a two-day pass
choose a one-day pass:
$400 for Monday only -or- $400 for Tuesday only
It’s easy! Register online at http://www.futureofmusic.org/regme.cfm
Don’t Pho-get! There will be a special pre-Conference Pho Dinner on
Sunday, January 6 at Nam Viet in Arlington, VA. All the info about the
dinner and how to RSVP here
If you are a member of the media and are interested in press credentials,
go here to fill out a
form that will go to our media contact, sonya [at] midnightfeeding [dot] com">Sonya
Check out the FMC website for more information about the conference,
or to read about last year’s event. If you have other questions, please
email us at conference [at] futureofmusic [dot] org.
Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in January.
Well it’s over as quickly as it began. How 5 weeks of talking and rocking
could pass so speedily, we’ll never know! After ten speaking events,
thirty rock shows, 10,000 miles, three pumpkins, six halloween costumes,
and two speeding tickets it’s done.
To listen to the speech as Jenny gave it at UC Berkeley go here.
To read comments from some of the professors who hosted the tour go
The tour was such a success we will tentatively be taking an updated
version of the speech out in March 2002 to several other universities.
If you know an organization or university that would like to host the
speaking tour in its second run send an email to Kristin at kristin [at] futureofmusic [dot] org.
In November, an agreement was struck between SoundExchange, the major
labels, the RIAA, AFTRA, AFM, RAC, MMF and NARAS to pay artist performance
royalties directly to recording artists and to reform the SoundExchange
Board. While the FMC supports the core points of the agreement, there
are a number of other issues in the agreement which raise red flags
and will need further exploration before we can fully endorse this document
Read our comments and critique of the SoundExchange agreement here.
Industry Notables To Debate At D.C. Summit
by Jonathan Cohen
November 15, 2001
Conference on the Public Domain
From November 9-11, 2001, Duke University and the Center for the Public
Domain hosted an amazing conference on the Public Domain. Some of the
most fascinating minds met to discuss the future and the value of creation
and expression in an increasingly copyrighted and patented world. You
can see archived webcasts of the panels here.
RIAA’s SoundExchange Agrees to Pay Artists Directly
by Jay Breitling
November 8, 2001 [subscription required]
The effects of Valley Distribution bankruptcy on independent labels
by Nancy Einhart
The White Stripes Take a Unique Major-Label Road
By Steve Hochman
Times, November 18, 2001
The Seven Year Statute: The Label’s Side with Miles Copeland, CEO
of ARK 21 Records
An open letter from Miles Copeland regarding the music industry’s resistance
to the removal of California’s seven year statute
Musicdish, November 8, 2001
And Now: Assault on Music Labels
By Brad King
October 19, 2001
RIAA Wants to Hack Your PC
Recording industry lobbyists had quietly tried to insert an amendment
into an anti-terrorism bill to let copyright holders break into your
PC and delete pirated files.
by Declan McCullagh
October 15, 2001
RIAA’s Response to Billboard Magazine’s article regarding the anti-terrorism
RIAA Website, October
Music Labels Not Yet in Tune
by Brad King
October 8, 2001
Between October 9 and November 17, Jenny toured the US with her new
band and spoke for FMC about music and technology issues at nine universities
and one rock club. When she wasn’t talking or rocking, Jenny was putting
the finishing touches on the panels and keynotes for this year’s phenomenal
Finally, after a year of getting teased for singing the praises of
the web without even having a website, Jenny now has one. Once the
conference is over we suspect 2002 will be the year of testing the
limits of this nebulous process called disintermediation. Meanwhile,
if you are curious for details on the rock and speaking tour you can
visit jennytoomey.com for
the tour diary. Highlights include: professor David Post at Temple
University singing Woody Guthrie songs; a mind blowing panel at Stanford
with Larry Lessig and John Perry Barlow; a two day hiatus in NC at
Jamie Boyle’s incredible Conference on the Public Domain; and Lester
Chambers’ soul stirring performance at the Knitting Factory.
With the policy community taking a big post September 11 breath, the
big music-tech related news of the month is the RIAA’s agreement to
directly pay artists their 45% share of the digital royalty. We know
first hand that many hoped to make these funds recoupable, and this
represents a major victory for the artistic community. Considering
the old rules regarding devils and details, however, we will continue
to keep a close eye on the implementation of this agreement…but
for the interim kudos to Ann Chenovitz, John Simson and everyone else
involved in putting this deal together.
My other primary focus here in DC has been finalizing speakers for
the FMC policy summit. With many congressional office buildings closed
due to anthrax threats the most basic of communication has been a
challenge, and our hats go off to the dedicated congressional staffers
who are working through an incredibly difficult time. We are looking
forward to keynote addresses from Congressmen Rick Boucher (co-founder
of the Congressional Internet Caucus and author of the Music Online
Competition Act) and John Conyers (ranking Democrat of the House Judiciary
Committee) plus panelist Debra Rose, counsel to the House Subcommittee
on Intellectual Property. Plus, who knows - there may be a surprise
or two along the way!
Finally, I was thrilled to join up with the beginning and end of the
speaking tour, appearing on panels at American University and Temple
then catching up for the finale at the Knitting Factory. It was wonderful
to take the show on the road and meet face to face with so many folks
who support what we are trying to do…and in some cases even better
to talk with folks who are so committed to making a difference for
artists that they were eager to engage us by challenging some of our
assumptions and positions. Only through constructive dialogue can
everyone’s thinking improve, and we appreciate the initiative and
creative ideas expressed by so many of you across the country.
Look forward to seeing everyone in January and Happy Holidays!
Besides attending and participating on the West Coast leg of the Future
of Music College tour (listen to him moderate a panel with Jenny,
Ted Cohen of EMI, and Fred Von Lohman of the EFF at http://radio.eff.org/radio_shows/future1.mp3).
Brian has been actively promoting the Future of Music Policy Summit.
Hands glued to his keyboards, and phone glued to his ear, Brian is
emailing many of the press folks he thinks would love to cover the
news which will happen and the folks who will be participating at
the Summit, and is in the middle of calling over 100 folks whom he
thinks would love to hear from him. Don’t be surprised if your phone
rings while reading this. Brian’s been digging down into the guts
of the SoundExchange agreement, and sharing his critique. He’s looking
forward to seeing everyone who’ll be at the Summit in January, unless
you’re down in L.A. the weekend of December 16th where he’s hoping
to get together with you over Pho.
Walter has been very involved in the SoundExchange agreement, outreach
for the conference, other legal issues, as well as jury duty. He looks
forward to seeing his colleagues at the conference in January.
For most of October, Kristin was on the fall speaking tour with Jenny
Toomey, handling the tour logistics, and typing madly on her laptop
when not in the driver’s seat. Since then she’s been working feverishly
on details for the FMC policy summit, keeping the website and printed
pieces current, organizing volunteers, and reaching out to panelists.
Ice hockey season has also started, and despite the devastating loss
of some of the team’s best players, the Philadelphia Freeze is 1-1
Peter DiCola has just begun the legal portion of his graduate studies
in law and economics. He is looking forward to lots of work at school,
to finishing up his summer research project on compulsory licensing
for sound recordings this month, and to choosing what his research
will turn to next. (Suggestions and inquiries are welcome — Peter
has a list of 4 or 5 ideas he’s been mulling over for a while, which
he’d be happy to augment or discuss.) peter [at] futureofmusic [dot] org.
If you have any feedback, questions, or suggestions please send an
email to suggestions [at] futureofmusic [dot] org,
and let us know how we’re doing.
Thanks for your support and see you next time.
xo Jenny Toomey
Executive Director, Future of Music Coalition
jenny [at] futureofmusic [dot] org