[UPDATE: Read our written testimony before the committee here.]
On Wednesday September 18, The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held a hearing to discuss “The Role of Voluntary Agreements in the U.S. Intellectual Property System.”
Uh-oh, did we lose you already? Hearings always sound boring; they don’t have punchy names like SXSW panels, but we promise this one was relevant to musicians, fans, and Internet users. Keep reading. read more
As recent news reports reveal, the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator for the United States, Victoria Espinel, has stepped down. Appointed by President Obama in September 2009, Espinel coordinated the various federal agencies’ approach to intellectual property (IP) enforcement, serving in this post until August 9, 2013.
FMC is deeply appreciative of Espinel’s service, as we understand how complex this space can be. Digital technology has transformed the marketplace for intellectual property — providing global reach to creators, innovators and entrepreneurs, but also creating real challenges to the enforcement of rights. For the music community, this chiefly means copyright protections, but Espinel’s job also included other aspects of intellectual property, such as patents, trademarks, trade secrets and industrial design.
Earlier today, major companies Conde Nast, AOL, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! and others committed to a set of best practices aimed at reducing so-called “ad-supported piracy” online. The White House Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) released best practices guidelines that aim to reduce the flow of advertising revenue to operators of sites that are principally dedicated to selling counterfeit goods or engaging in copyright infringement.
Washington, D.C.— Today, the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator for the United States (IPEC), announced the “Best Practices Guidelines for Ad Networks to Address Piracy and Counterfeiting,” a joint effort to reduce the flow of ad revenue to infringing websites. The initiative is supported by the Interactive Advertising Bureau, along with 24/7 Media, Adtegrity, AOL, Condé Nast, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, and SpotXchange.
The following statement is attributed to Casey Rae, Interim Executive Director for the Future of Music Coalition (FMC). read more
On June 20, 2013, the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator for the United States (IPEC), released its 2013 Joint Strategic Plan for Intellectual Property Enforcement, which lays out the administration’s agenda for coordinating efforts to protect and encourage American intellectual property (IP) at home and abroad. The following statement can be attributed to Casey Rae, Interim Executive Director for Future of Music Coalition:
“Future of Music Coalition is glad to see that IPEC has again issued a Plan that is balanced and takes into account the current landscape intellectual property, especially copyright. read more
Here’s a little background: Victoria Espinel is the chief officer of IPEC and serves the White House on matters of IP enforcement. In this capacity, she is tasked with coordinating the many federal agencies that work to prevent copyright infringement and counterfeiting. This covers everything from books, movies, and music to software, designer clothes andpotentially harmful consumer items. Espinel’s post at the White House blog provides a good overview of her work and purpose of the Joint Strategic Plan.
Here at FMC, the part of intellectual property we pay the most attention to is copyright.
If you’re tuned into the music-tech-policy punditsphere, you’ve probably come across debates about “brand-supported piracy.” Put simply, this is when major corporations have their products advertised on sites that offer music, movies and TV shows to which they don’t have the rights. This doesn’t sit well with creators and content companies, who are frustrated at third parties making money from unauthorized access to their works.
As longtime champions of a legitimate digital marketplace where artists are compensated and fans can easily find lawful content, we understand the concerns. read more
Meet Victoria Espinel. As the White House’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), she’s tasked with coordinating the many federal agencies that work to stop copyright infringement and counterfeiting. This covers everything from books, movies, and music to software, knockoff designer clothes, and counterfeit toothpaste laced with antifreeze. As you can imagine, it’s a big job. read more
You are a musician who has released music across a variety of legal digital platforms. Your fans can purchase your latest album on your own online store or at their favorite digital retailer for a reasonable price. Increasingly, though, you’re hearing that your fans are picking up copies from third party sites that aren’t licensed to carry your content. You blast off an angry email to that site telling them to cease and desist; they ignore your emails and continue selling your music, handling the payments through major payment processors. read more