Future of Music Coalition’s comments to the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) in the office’s efforts to promote the development of a Joint Strategic Plan for improving the government’s intellectual property efforts.
FMC recommends that IPEC take into consideration a broad range of stakeholders â€” including the independent music community â€” as it considers issues that could impact this sector, particularly matters pertaining to creators’ access to the still-evolving digital marketplace.
You may recall our post from a while back about popular mashup artist Girl Talk, where we noted all the clearance and licensing hoops he'd have to jump through for his records to be 100 percent legal. Our takeaway? The current sample license clearance process is likely too time-consuming and cost-prohibitive for Girl Talk to make his art legit. read more
Future of Music Coalition is once again curating a number of conversations at the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference in New York City, January 8-12, 2010. Join us for sessions on the issues at the intersection of arts, technology and law; media, copyright and technology; and health insurance for creators.
To attend these sessions you need to be registered for the Arts Presenters conference. Click here for registration details. If you are an artist and would like to attend these sessions only and will not go to the APAP conference, email us at nicole[at]futureofmusic[dot]org read more
Back in 2005, I watched Public Enemy producer Hank Shocklee and funk godfather George Clinton debate this issue at a conference in D.C. Shocklee played increasingly short snippets of a song and wondered how much he should pay for the right to use each sample, as commercial hip-hop artists routinely do. Eventually, only a fraction of a note was left. “Am I stealing your performance… or am I just looking for the sound?”
Watch the archived webcast here!
As part of a multi-part discussion series, FMC and media professor Kembrew McLeod (University of Iowa) hosted Creative License: a Conversation About Music, Sampling and Fair Use — a panel discussion that took place at The Public Theater in New York City on Monday, October 6, 2008 at 6:00 PM. read more
This week, the New York Times is hosting a running debate about copyright, digital rights management, sampling and fair use between Rick Cotton, General Counsel of NBC, and Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University. This provides some good reading about the complexities and nuances at the intersection of law and technology, from two people with very different opinions.
Orange Alley is a company built by musicians, for musicians. FMC’s Jenny Toomey interviews President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Erickson about their BootLegal program they were still one of the first companies that both facilitated file sharing and had a built-in structure of incentives to encourage folks to eventually pay for the music. read more