Nearly two weeks ago, the Future of Music Coalition sent you an email announcing a new campaign to end a sneaky move by Clear Channel to not pay indie artists’ royalties. We are pleased to announce Clear Channel has capitulated in just 10 days. read more
On Monday, we promised readers a week full of blog posts about Clear Channel forcing local and indie artists to give up performance royalties in order to be considered for airplay on their stations.
Each day we’ve written about Clear Channel’s actions and why — contrary to their claims — they are not on the side of artists. If you’re new to the posts, please scroll down to have a look at what we’ve written.
You’ll also remember we promised you (and Clear Channel) a special surprise at the end of the week. Here it is: read more
Two weeks ago, FMC sent out a press release and posted this blog entry that documents us catching Clear Channel red handed in an attempt to force indie artists to sign away their future performance royalties as a condition of consideration for radio airplay. What makes this truly unbelievable is the fact that they did this through the very same program that was set up as a condition of their payola settlement. read more
As we wrote about yesterday and in previous weeks, Clear Channel is attempting to strip indie artists of performance royalties in order to be considered for airplay on its stations.
As part of a settlement with the FCC following an investigation into payola allegations, Clear Channel and other major broadcasters agreed to air 4,200 hours of local and indie programming. Clear Channel set up a page on its station’s web sites that allowed indie artists to submit their music for airplay, but required them to check a licensing agreement that waives the artists’ performance rights. read more
Ahead of an important congressional hearing on digital performance royalties for non-interactive webcasts, the Future of Music Coalition urges Congress to establish a rate system that ensures artists get paid fairly and webcasters can continue to broadcast.
FMC has submitted testimony to the House Small Business Committee, which will hold a hearing Thursday on the Copyright Royalty Board’s controversial new rates for webcasters. Many small webcasters have complained the rates are so high they will be forced to stop broadcasting after the implementation date of July 15, while some musicians and copyright holders believe the new rates reflect fair compensation for the use of their work. read more
House Committee on Small Business 2361 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Chairwoman Velázquez:
Future of Music Coalition respectfully submits this written testimony for consideration in advance of the committee’s June 28, 2007 hearing on “Assessing the Impact of the Copyright Royalty Board Decision to Increase Royalty Rates on Recording Artists and Webcasters”. read more
Washington, D.C.— You remember several years ago, in 2005, former Attorney General, now New York Governor, Eliot Spitzer caught several major labels and major radio companies with hands in each others’ cookie jars engaging in payola — receiving payments from record companies to play certain records?* Sure you do, his investigation garnered national headlines and resulted in fines and penalties from several major labels that exceeded $30 million. read more
That’s the question some in the music industry are pondering after the Copyright Royalty Board denied a motion by webcasters’ yesterday to rehear the new, higher royalty rates the board set for webcasting in March. The three judge panel denied the rehearing on procedural grounds saying the webcasters didn’t present any new evidence that would warrant a new hearing.
Small webcasters have bitterly objected to the new rates saying they would put them out of business. Small webcasters will now have to look to the courts or Congress for relief. In an e-mail message yesterday, Tim Westergren, the founder of Pandora, summed up the situation this way: read more