[This post was co-authored by FMC Policy Counsel Chris Naoum]
Last week’s potential federal government shutdown grabbed a lot of headlines, but it wasn’t the only action in DC. On Wednesday, April 6, Congress took aim at “pirates, bad actors, and parasites” in the second House Judiciary Committee hearing on what they are calling “rogue websites.” 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.
The legal spotlight has definitely been on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) lately. A few short weeks ago, we told you how the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York handed down a victory for YouTube (owned by Google). In that case, the court interpreted the DMCA to decide that YouTube cannot be held liable for acts of copyright infringement committed by its users.
And, just last week (Monday, July 26), the U.S. Copyright Office created several new DMCA exemptions during a regularly scheduled review of this hunk o’ statute. read more
Today’s post was co-authored by Shane Wagman, a 2009 Google Policy Fellow at Future of Music Coalition. She is currently a law student at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a Howard M. Squadron Media Fellow / legal intern at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The views and opinions in this post are wholly her own and do not reflect the views of any other organization.read more
Future of Music Coalition’s comments to the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) in the office’s efforts to promote the development of a Joint Strategic Plan for improving the government’s intellectual property efforts.
FMC recommends that IPEC take into consideration a broad range of stakeholders â€” including the independent music community â€” as it considers issues that could impact this sector, particularly matters pertaining to creators’ access to the still-evolving digital marketplace.
Online Music Retailers Slashing Prices
The Boston Globe has a solid piece on the recent trend in falling prices for online music. Services like Amazon MP3 have been aggressively cutting prices, including a $3.99 deal last week for U2's "No Line on the Horizon," with some other album (not track) prices as low as 99 cents. AppScout.comread more