Washington – More than 30 panelists and speakers including U.S. Copyright Office head Marybeth Peters, Pandora Chief Strategist Tim Westergren, and Microsoft Senior Music Producer Jon Kertzer have confirmed for one of the music industry’s premier conferences: the Future of Music Policy Summit. read more
Washington – Last week AT&T admitted muting Pearl Jam’s political lyrics during its exclusive webcast of the band’s Lollapalooza show on Aug. 5. AT&T rightly apologized, said the silencing was a mistake by a content monitor, and claimed that the company "does not censor or edit performances." AT&T spokeswoman Tiffany Nels also told the Los Angeles Times that it uses the content monitors to block "excessive profanity." read more
"It’s time for every musician in America to demand protection from the telecommunications companies and their ‘self regulation.’ We need strong net neutrality laws to protect the openness of the Internet, or our music, our views, and our freedoms will be as silent as the second half of the muted Pearl Jam song."
Registration is opening for the Seventh Annual Future of Music Policy Summit. The Policy Summit brings together an unprecedented mix of musicians, lawmakers, and technologists for cutting edge discussions on issues at the intersection of music, law, technology, and policy. read more
Washington, D.C.— The Future of Music Coalition and Media Access Project today filed a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission requesting clarification that Clear Channel’s practice of forcing local and independent recording artists to waive potential royalties as a condition of having a song considered for broadcast airplay is tantamount to payola. read more
The Federal Trade Commission rightly concluded in its report Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy that the broadband Internet market needs greater competition. About 96 percent of the broadband market is currently controlled by just two entities: the cable or phone company. In many markets, customers only have one type of ISP to choose from.
Washington, D.C.— The Federal Trade Commission rightly concluded in its report Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy [PDF] that the broadband Internet market needs greater competition.read more
Ahead of an important congressional hearing on digital performance royalties for non-interactive webcasts, the Future of Music Coalition urges Congress to establish a rate system that ensures artists get paid fairly and webcasters can continue to broadcast.
FMC has submitted testimony to the House Small Business Committee, which will hold a hearing Thursday on the Copyright Royalty Board’s controversial new rates for webcasters. Many small webcasters have complained the rates are so high they will be forced to stop broadcasting after the implementation date of July 15, while some musicians and copyright holders believe the new rates reflect fair compensation for the use of their work. read more
p>Washington, D.C.— Bipartisan legislation was introduced today in both the House and Senate that would bring hundreds of local, Low Power FM (LPFM) radio stations to cities and suburbs across the country. On a national press call today, the Indigo Girls joined religious groups, community radio broadcasters and public interest advocates in support of the "Local Community Radio Act of 2007.
Washington, D.C.— You remember several years ago, in 2005, former Attorney General, now New York Governor, Eliot Spitzer caught several major labels and major radio companies with hands in each others’ cookie jars engaging in payola — receiving payments from record companies to play certain records?* Sure you do, his investigation garnered national headlines and resulted in fines and penalties from several major labels that exceeded $30 million. read more
Top musicians, lawmakers and technologists will gather in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 17 and 18 for the Future of Music Policy Summit, an annual event that brings together an unusual mix of people for cutting edge discussions on issues at the intersection of music, technology and policy. This year?s edition will include more than a dozen panel discussions on some of the most pressing issues facing the music industry such as webcasting rates, copyright reform, international licensing models, the recent radio payola settlement, and network neutrality. The Summit will be held in Betts Theatre at George Washington University. read more