Washington, D.C.— On Wednesday, February 16, the Congressional Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold a hearing on the FCC’s recent Open Internet Order, and whether to invalidate rules to preserve access and innovation online through a little-used procedural maneuver.
In anticipation of these events, Future of Music Coalition (FMC) — a national nonprofit research, education and advocacy organization for musicians — has joined individual artists and arts service organizations in urging Congress not to undermine essential protections for creative entrepreneurs on the internet. read more
Since its inception, the internet has represented a powerful tool for the exchange of information and ideas. In recent years, it has also contributed greatly to the emergence of novel platforms for the dissemination of creative content. It is as members of the arts community who have come to depend on these structures that we write to you today. read more
Within the music industry, the response is rather muted. Representatives of independent and unsigned artists want Net Neutrality in place to ensure up and coming artists have just as much access to the Internet as superstar artists backed by major labels. The RIAA supports Net Neutrality so long as the rules don’t prohibit ISPs from taking action against pirated content (should they choose to do so). read more
OK Go have been doing fine without a major label, though, and they’re not alone. Casey Rae Hunter of the Future of Music Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, says there has been an explosion of independent musicians who can now reach their fans without a label or radio.
“In the old days, they would still have to navigate this pretty complex system of bottlenecks and gatekeepers to reach the fan,” Hunter says. “The Internet means that you can develop and cultivate these sort of one-on-one relationships. They can become viral, like as in the case of the amazing OK Go videos that you see on YouTube. Or it can be just a sort of like, ‘Holy crap, I’m talking to my favorite rock star on Twitter.’ “
WASHINGTON, DC—Today (December 1, 2010), FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced an agenda for a December 21, 2010 meeting in which the commission will consider an “Open Internet Order” to preserve the internet as an engine for innovation, entrepreneurship and free expression.
The following statement is attributed to Casey Rae-Hunter, Communications Director and Policy Strategist for Future of Music Coalition (FMC), a national non-profit research, education and advocacy organization for musicians that supports the open internet via its artist-driven Rock the Net campaign. read more
On November 19, 2010, FMC submitted comments to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Telecommunications and Information Association (NTIA) in their Notice of Inquiry on Copyright Policy, Creativity and Innovation in the Internet Economy.
The comments describe the need to recognize musicians as stakeholders, particularly independents, who faced tremendous barriers to entry in the original music industry. We describe how the goal of protecting intellectual property must be balanced with a legitimate digital music marketplace built on artist access to online platforms.
We also examine current legal, technological and market-oriented efforts around copyright in the digital realm and the pros and cons of each. Given the global demand for music, the non-geographic nature of the internet and individual nations’ sovereign copyright laws, there are tremendous difficulties in implementing potential solutions. Nonetheless, there are compelling reasons to consider frameworks that streamline licensing and improve mechanisms for artist compensation.
A short while ago, we hipped you to an amazing concert/webcast from Erin Mckeown, which took place at Lincoln Hall in Chicago on October 20. (We watched it from our lair, and it ruled).
Well, Erin has just posted a clip fom the webcast where she talks about her support for the open internet before launching into a positively ripping cover of “Who’s Watching the Watcher” by LaBelle. Check it out: