Calling all upstate New Yorkers. Our friends at Public Knowledge — a Washington, D.C.-based that focuses on the intersections between copyright law and the Internet — is sponsoring a free tutorial for musicians on copyright law. read more
Washington, D.C.— Future of Music Coalition has issued the following statement from Executive Director Ann Chaitovitz about the Copyright Royalty Board’s October 2 rate setting decision, which sets the compulsory mechanical rate at $0.091 per song for physical sales and digital downloads and $0.24 for mastertones. read more
Sorry for the radio silence, everyone â€” we’ve been getting ready to announce a whole bunch of info about our upcoming events, including the date and venue for "Creative License: A Conversation about Music, Law and Fair Use." Stay tuned for more info! Oh, and here’s that news ya ordered: read more
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
You’ve probably heard some of the buzz around Girl Talk — the biomedical engineer-turned DJ whose sample-based music is making waves among hipsters, tastemakers and even the New York Times.
Girl Talk released his most recent album, Feed the Animals, in June 2008. On it, Gillis blatantly samples over 300 artists, demonstrating his uncanny ability to overlay music from traditionally isolated genres: metal riffs run alongside ’70s love songs and West Coast rap; today’s pop gets down with ’60s R&B and classic rock. With its hundreds of easily recognizable samples, the album is part parlor game, part love letter to three decades of popular music. read more
In a move aimed at cutting down on pirated content, it appears Germany is about to take a really hard line stance as Variety reports:
BERLIN — Germany’s upper house of parliament on Friday approved a controversial copyright law, which makes it all but illegal for individuals to make copies of films and music, even for their own use.
The Bundesrat pushed aside criticism from consumer protection groups and passed the law, which makes it illegal for anyone to store DVDs and CDs without permission. The law also covers digital copies from IPTV and TV broadcasts. read more
Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, has quietly backed off a controversial proposal that would have required the Secretary of Education to monitor college’s anti-piracy efforts.
Reid’s proposal, which was folded into the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, included a provision mandating the 25 schools with the most piracy violations begin filtering P2P filesharing networks on their campus. Critics, including the Digital Freedom Campaign and some educators, charged such filtering would inevitably catch perfectly legal filesharing as well as unauthorized downloads.
Jennifer Stoltz, a spokesperson for the Digital Freedom Campaign, said in a public statement: 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.
Chicago, IL â€” On Thursday, July 17, an important piece of hip-hop history gets its due. Future of Music Coalition and the Pitchfork Music Festival will host a discussion about Public Enemyâ€™s seminal album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. The free event â€” which features legendary MC Chuck D, members of PE’s original production team including Hank Shocklee and music media experts â€” takes place at 3 PM at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater. read more
Why Mainstream Can Kill
Last week Starbucks announced that it was leaving the music business. Sales have been shockingly low: one journalist calculated that they add up to about two CDs per store, per day. Why did this fail so spectacularly? Paul Resnikoff argues that the Paul McCartney-and-Alicia Keyes combination was too mainstream to be interesting to consumers. Starbucks was more effective when they highlighted talented but unknown artists. He compares that model to music in the video game industry, which prides itself on being cutting edge. Digital Music News, April 24thread more