Things are humming along at a swift pace in Future of Music Land. It seems
like every day brings new revelations in the music/technology space —
from the Copyright Office, to Judge Patel and now even the Supreme Court!
We’ve linked to many of best articles in various sections below.
In addition, the Future of Music is busy with its own projects; from organizing
another speaking tour, to conducting research, to participating in public
events and writing articles.
The last few years have been a roller coaster ride for the music industry.
As stories have moved from Arts & Entertainment to the Business sections
of major media outlets, the public has become aware of the new realities
facing the industry. Whether its the challenge of the internet,
or increasing globalization, everything seems to be up for grabs. Performing
Rights Organizations (PROs) have been at the center of a lot of these
controversies. Although most musicians and songwriters are familiar with
ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC, what do these organizations do and how are they
positioning themselves and their clients for the future? read more
We would first like to express our condolences over the recent passing
of Billboard magazine editor Timothy White. Tim’s passing on June 27 was
a devastating loss to the musicians’ community. Tim had shown incredible
courage in world of publishing by keeping a watchful eye on an industry
that ultimately supported the magazine’s livelihood. He will be sorely missed.
The Future of Music Coalition shares the contemplative spirit of this
holiday season and hopes that this period of reflection will inspire 2002
to be year of regrouping, education and collaboration between the legal,
artistic, academic, technical, and business communities.
As for a recap of last years highlights, even in the midst of economic
downturn and strife within the artistic, technology and business communities,
FMC managed several significant achievements for an organization that
was under-funded and barely a year old.
What an exciting time it is to be alive in the music and technology space.
Everywhere you look there are articles, court cases, testimonials and
hearings raising questions about copyright, ownership and compensation
for creators. What do you think? Maybe the tide is turning? Here at the
FMC we certainly think so.
Why the Results Could be Underwhelming -- Or Even Harmful -- For Artists
Sunday, October 15, 2000
I thoroughly enjoyed my recent conversation with Matt Goyer, President
and CEO of Fairtunes.
I think it’s great to see individuals experimenting with different models
within the music industry. Their ideas have been met with much enthusiasm
in the fan community, and with much interest in the music industry. People
like the idea of paying artists directly, cutting out middle men, and
being absolved of their Napster guilt. read more
FMC urges the U.S. Copyright Office to be wary of efforts by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to establish themselves as the sole and exclusive collection agent for Digital Performance Royalties for sound recordings. Instead, the Coalition has proposed that an independent body would be the more appropriate vehicle to collect and distribute these funds as well as other monies including the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992 royalties. read more