Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, The Internet, & Intellectual Property
Sunday, July 20, 2014
FMC has been closely monitoring the Subcommittee’s ongoing review of the Copyright Act, with special attention to musicians’ needs and perspectives. Here’s a chronology of events so far, with links to our coverage and commentary, along with video of the archived hearings.
What can you do when someone makes unauthorized use of your creative work?
In the past, we’ve seen the RIAA and the major labels go after alleged pirates and large-scale copyright infringers with some frequency—they have the money and the man-power to dedicate to litigation. But if you’re an unsigned solo artist, or a photographer or an author, the cost of taking someone to court, regardless of how flagrant the infraction, can often be prohibitive. read more
A US-based band is recording an album of material they wrote, but wants one of the tracks to be a cover of The Rolling Stones’ song “Brown Sugar”, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The band sells all 500 vinyl copies of the album plus 500 downloads on iTunes to US customers. According to the current statutory rates, how much does this 4 minute, 30 second-long cover of “Brown Sugar” generate in mechanical royalties, based on these sales?
by Communications Associate Kevin Erickson and Policy Intern Cody Duncan
Last week, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet wrapped up the second of a pair hearings focusing on innovation and copyright. Both of these hearings were part of the subcommittee’s ongoing review of existing copyright law; the latest was titled Innovation in America: the Role of Technology. read more
About a month ago, FMC launched a set of online quizzes. Ranging from “easy” to “expert”, these multiple choice quizzes were designed as a fun way to test musicians’ knowledge of common uses of copyrights and sound recordings, and to give us – as advocates and educators – a way to identify concepts and realities that are the most confusing.
In the last month, over 1500 quizzes have been completed. Based on 30 days of data, here are the questions that have proven most problematic for quiz takers: read more
How are musicians and songwriters compensated when their music is played on the radio, sold on digital platforms, webcast or streamed on interactive services? Click through any of the infographics below to see how the money flows, at least on US sales, performances and streams.
How are musicians and songwriters compensated when their music is played on the radio, sold on digital platforms, webcast or streamed on interactive services? Click through any of the infographics below to see how the money flows for on US-based sales, performances and streams.
The information in this infographic is subject to change based on ongoing litigation, business model development and federal policymaking. FMC does its best to keep up with these changes and update the infographics accordingly. read more