“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.
Fourteen years after Napster upended the music industry’s financial model, it may finally be time for record labels to start singing a happier tune. Sales are up, piracy is down, and new revenue streams may help the industry finally claw its way back to economic prosperity.
Last Friday, Google announced a major update to its search engine algorithm that will lower the ranking of sites hosting unauthorized content. We at FMC think this is a good thing: why should musicians and independent labels have their official pages show up lower in search returns than those offering illegitimate wares? There are, however, some legitimate questions about how this new search rubric will be managed, and to which sites and services it will apply. read more
Orange Alley is a company built by musicians, for musicians. FMC’s Jenny Toomey interviews President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Erickson about their BootLegal program they were still one of the first companies that both facilitated file sharing and had a built-in structure of incentives to encourage folks to eventually pay for the music. read more
Government Hearings on Effect of Internet on Small Labels
Thursday, June 1, 2000
The House of Representatives’ Small Business Committee held hearings on Wednesday, May 24, 2000 regarding “new market possibilities for small music labels and entrepreneurs created by the Internet”. The Committee heard testimony from Chuck D from Public Enemy/Rapstation.com, Peter Harter from EMusic.com, Tom Silverman from Tommy Boy Records, and Ric Dube from Webnoize. Jenny and I attended the hearings, so here’s a quick synopsis. read more
Musician/Artist Momus on Patronage and Piracy in the Information Age
Friday, November 19, 1999
“The information age is going to make
everybody more like an artist — individual, creative, hands on, proactive,
responsible — and therefore artists will no longer be special, different
and isolated. They will be like the rest of us, approachable, malleable,
and responsive. We will all fulfill each other’s artistic needs, and fill
the world once more with love, communication and decoration.” — Momus read more