Hello newsletter subscribers:
For the last few months, FMC has had its collective nose to the grindstone as we programmed and organized our fifth annual Policy Summit. Below you’ll find links to an array of post-Summit goodies, including videos, photos, and podcasts of every panel. If you’re new to these issues, or weren’t able to join us this year, dig in. We encourage you to peruse the archived materials, with digestible info about everything from sampling licenses, to new business models, to low power FM.
Now that we’ve had a few decent nights of sleep was can also get back to the business of investigating and translating the complex issues at the intersection of music, law, technology and policy. Capitol Hill has been abuzz since a “staff draft” of the much-anticipated revised Telecommunications Act made its way around email inboxes last week. Outside the Beltway, music industry heads have been publicly complaining about iTunes’ standardized price of 99 cents per track, but critics are quick to point out that the music industry only wants prices to go one direction from 99 cents: up. But this is a minor quibble that will pass. Larger on our minds are FMC’s ongoing projects, including HINT – the Health Insurance Navigation Tool – new research on media ownership, radio airplay and sampling issues, and our ongoing work on payola, supporting a performance right for performers and low power FM radio station expansion.
With so much to talk about, we’ve decided to break the news into three chunks. This newsletter includes a post-Summit wrap. Next week we’ll introduce you to a more robust version of HINT. Then we will dedicate an entire newsletter to giving you a sensible snapshot of the policy issues that matter to musicians, songwriters and creators.