(This post was authored by FMC communications intern Caroline Fox)
On Monday, May 21, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear an appeal on one of the longest-running file-sharing cases in the recorded music industry. While their refusal to hear the case is not shocking, it does present an opportunity to examine the record industry’s historic response to unauthorized distribution, and the effectiveness of certain punitive responses. read more
In an attempt to curb the unauthorized file sharing that has bedeviled the entertainment industry for over a decade, several major Internet Service Providers have agreed to implement a “graduated response” policy to educate — and potentially penalize — users caught illegally sharing copyrighted material online. To do this, ISPs will seek out hotbeds of peer-to-peer activity and target offending IP addresses. The policy is the result of collaboration and negotiation between ISPs and major content companies (think film studios and major labels).
Kristin Thomson, Future of Music Coalition and Mary Madden, Pew Internet and American Life Project
Sunday, December 5, 2004
In Spring 2004, FMC worked in partnership with the Pew Internet & American Life Project and an array of other musician-based organizations to conduct a balanced survey that gave musicians, performers and songwriters a chance to speak up about the Internet, file-sharing, and copyright issues.
We’ve all heard speculations about what musicians are “really thinking” in the changing digital landscape. Yet, from our vantage point inside the music community these projections have always seemed too narrow to represent the complex concerns we regularly experience in our discussions with musicians.
FMC felt is was time to stop projecting our thoughts and preferences onto musicians and, instead, ask musicians to share their own experiences and opinions. read more