Testimony In the “Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty and Copyright Term ” Hearing

The following written testimony was submitted to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and The Internet, in advance of VP for Policy and Education Casey Rae’s appearance on July 15, 2014.

Members of the committee, it is a privilege to appear before you today to offer my perspectives on copyright issues that impact creators and the public. read more

FMC To Congress: Preserve Artists' Ability To Recapture Rights

July 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC—On Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 1PM, the House Judiciary subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet will hold the latest in a series of hearings on current copyright law. Future of Music Coalition Vice President for Policy and Education, Casey Rae, will testify at a hearing on “Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty and Copyright Term.”

Rae, a musician, artist advocate and educator, will underscore the importance of creators’ ability to file to reclaim copyrights they had previously transferred to a label or publisher following a 35-year period established by Congress in the 1976 Copyright Act. read more

One Year Later, Copyright Alert System Still Hasn't Broken The Internet

by Juan Carlos Melendez-Torres, Policy Intern

On 28 May, 2014, the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) released their report on the Copyright Alert System’s (CAS) first ten months of activity. In direct contrast to the apocalyptic visions conjured up by opponents of the system, privacy wasn’t compromised, the free web didn’t implode and the alert system essentially self-corrected. Echoing the words of our own Casey Rae in Billboard a year ago, the internet didn’t break:

“At this point, many of us are looking for a positive outcome after the contentious battle that was SOPA. For music companies, getting intermediaries like ISPs to take on some responsibilities in addressing user behavior is probably more cost effective and less brand-damaging than other enforcement tactics. For musicians, it comes down to whether the policy helps protect their rights without compromising what they find useful about the internet. With CAS, we’ll probably have to wait-and-see.”

In fact, the system seems to have had some impact on infringement without taking an overly punitive approach.  We’ve waited for over a year now to see results, and it looks as if CAS might actually be working, though success remains a matter of definition. For example, a decrease in piracy may also have a lot to do with an increase in legitimate services where convenience and attractive price points converge. On the other hand, the “educational” focus of CAS may play a role in driving users to licensed platforms.

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