Yesterday (April 12), a judge for the United States District Court in Manhattan ruled that popular peer-to-peer file trading service Limewire was liable for copyright infringement. The decision was similar to the 2005 ruling against Grokster — both cases found the services in question guilty of “inducing” copyright infringement.
Judge Kimba Brown’s summary judgement against Limewire certainly made the major labels happy, but what, exactly is the basis for the decision? read more
Let's get out our time machine and set the coordinates for 2013. Why that date? Because that's when a lot of creators will see copyrights that they signed away in 1978 revert back to them.
This is a big deal for musicians and songwriters who decades ago assigned their rights to a label or a publisher. With their songs back under their control, artists could license them directly to TV and movies, re-release albums on their own imprints, or even re-transfer their stuff to a label or publisher in a more lucrative deal. read more
Future of Music Coalition; National Association of Media Arts & Culture; Fractured Atlas
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Every member of the arts community has been impacted by the unprecedented challenges and opportunities proffered by technology. This paper briefly examines some of the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital era, and also suggests how the development and maintenance of certain digital infrastructure is critical to a successful and resilient 21st century arts and cultural sector.
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
For those of you who watched the Grammy Awards on Sunday night (and apparently there were more of you this year than any year since 2004), you may have had a feeling of déjà vu when you saw virtually the same group of stars that clustered together in 2009, 2008, etc. Does this perhaps remind you — at least a little— of the 1993 film Groundhog Day? You know, like Bill Murray’s character hearing “I Got You Babe” every morning?
Now, if you happen to want to hear the same song at the same time every day, that’s fine with us. But sometimes it’s fun to let the needle find a new groove. read more
In 2006, OK Go’s video for “Here It Goes Again” — also affectionately known as “the treadmill video” — became a web sensation. By decade’s end, it had been viewed approximately 50 million times — no small feat for a homemade clip. Although the video made its biggest splash on sites like YouTube, many fans embedded it on their personal pages and social networks. At which point “Here It Goes Again” went viral, increasing the band’s exposure on a global scale and boosting the band’s record sales (and the bottom line of their major label, EMI). read more