One thing that is clear from the massive blowback is that the “business-as-usual” approach to policymaking is unlikely to produce results (at least not the results desired and expected by major industry trade groups). Unfortunately, some folks seem to be missing that point entirely, and are clinging to the idea that the SOPA/PIPA kerfluffle was simply Big Content vs. Silicon Valley.
In October 2011, members of the US House of Representatives introduced a piece of legislation called the “Stop Online Piracy Act,” or SOPA. The stated goal of the bill is pretty much what its name implies. Specifically, it deals with US access to foreign websites that traffic in the unauthorized distribution of intellectual property. read more
The “Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act” (PROTECTIP) is a bill currently introduced in the Senate [PDF]. It creates more opportunities for the government and interested individuals to police websites engaged in activities that infringe intellectual property (IP) rights.
As fundamental as it is, net neutrality isn't the easiest thing in the world to explain. That said, FMC has certainly its best to illustrate why the open internet is so important to artists and fans (check out our Rock the Net campaign and our body of articles, factsheets and blog posts).
This video should make the concept of net neutrality â€” the principle that protects the open internet â€” that much easier to comprehend. read more
Musicians, artist advocates, policymakers, journalists, technologists and industry reps have descended upon the lovely Georgetown University campus in Washington, DC for the 2009 Future of Music Policy Summit.
It's been INCREDIBLE so far. We've heard a kickass keynote from Senator Al Franken, who then sat down for a rather moving chat with Mike Mills of R.E.M.FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski got "played onstage" by New Orleans brass band Bonerama before his stellar keynote. read more
Have you heard about "OneWebDay" It's an international celebration of the internet. Held annually on September 22, this worldwide event calls attention to the exchange of information and ideas the internet inspires. From the connectivity between musicians and fans to grassroots organizing and civic participation, the web gives everyone access to the most important communications platform of our time.
In late 2008, it was reported that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was working with Internet Service Providers (the folks that make your internet go) on a new strategy to combat the unauthorized sharing of copyrighted material. Instead of suing individual infringers, the RIAA said it would focus on a "graduated response" to unauthorized uses. read more
The Future of Music Coalition held its annual Policy Day here at the Washington, DC, headquarters of the National Geographic Society on Wednesday.The event itself was an interesting mashup, bringing together the wonks who are regular fixtures in DC tech policy circles with the artists and entrepreneurs who are actually producing all this “innovation” that good tech policy is supposed to promote.
On purely aesthetic grounds, I feel I can die happy having seen Public Enemy’s Hank Shocklee seated next to policy geek ne plus ultra Ben Scott, of Free Press, at a panel on “Internet and Spectrum Policy and the Creative Class.” (In which context it’s actually Ben who deserves the moniker “Rebel Without a Pause.”) Here are some of the points from each speaker that leapt out at me.
Today (December 18, 2008), more than 100 groups, unions, musicians, bloggers and media and technology leaders sent a letter to President-Elect Barack Obama calling on his administration to appoint leaders who will reform the media and protect the open Internet. FMC (and members of Pearl Jam and R.E.M.) were among them.