Future of Music Coalition is once again curating a number of conversations at the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference in New York City, January 8-12, 2010. Join us for sessions on the issues at the intersection of arts, technology and law; media, copyright and technology; and health insurance for creators.
To attend these sessions you need to be registered for the Arts Presenters conference. Click here for registration details. If you are an artist and would like to attend these sessions only and will not go to the APAP conference, email us at nicole[at]futureofmusic[dot]org read more
We did it! Another amazing Future of Music Policy Summit is behind us, but we’ll always have the memories. This year’s conference â€” our eighth â€” was probably our best yet; if you were with us at Georgetown University in DC from Oct. 4-6, you definitely know what we’re talking about. Maybe you were one of the thousands of people who watched the live webcast? Either way, we thank you so much for participating in the event. Read on for some of the highlights, as well as a few other things we’ve been working on in our “spare time.”
1. Future of Music Policy Summit 2009: awesomeness roundup!
2. FMC, PBS’ Independent Lens & Community Cinema present COPYRIGHTCRIMINALS
3. Music 2.0 and the “29 Streams”
4. Big wins for Low Power FM
5. Performance Rights Act passes in Senate Committee
6. FMC’s Michael Bracy on NPR’s “Sound Opinions”
7. Still fighting for net neutrality
8. FMC, musicians and speech
9. Travel and appearances
10. SanFran MusicTech is back!
11. How are we doing?
Here’s a good/short read on the Future of Music Coalition’s recent action in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the FCC’s perplexing and wildly inconsistent indecency policy.
As someone who’s been putting together weekly radio shows for getting on 20 years now, the constant wondering if some expletive’s variant exceeds these cryptic “standards” is something I’ve grown quite weary of. (And is perhaps part of the reason I’ve packed up the broadcast version of my radio program for the wild west of the internet.) Here are two popular examples of the bewildering topics I’ve had to consider vis-Ã -vis so-called “indecency” in the broadcast environment… read more
WASHINGTON, DC ? Future of Music Coalition and the Center for Creative
Voices in Media filed a brief at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals
today, showing that the Federal Communications Commission?s new
indecency policy has a chilling effect on creativity and expression and
deprives the public of access to protected speech.
"Artists must be free to create and experience the creations of
others," said FMC Executive Director Ann Chaitovitz. "Creators and the
public are the unfortunate victims of the Commission's new policy,
which chills creativity and limits Americans' access to diverse sources
Future of Music Coalition
FCC Policy Stifles Creativity And Limits Access To Diverse Content
WASHINGTON, DC ? Future of Music Coalition and the Center for Creative Voices in Media filed a brief at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals today, showing that the Federal Communications Commission?s new indecency policy has a chilling effect on creativity and expression and deprives the public of access to protected speech.
On July 2, FMC and the Center for Creative Voices in Media filed a brief at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that the FCC’s indecency policy has a chilling effect on creativity and expression and deprives the public of access to protected speech. read more
Kevin Martin is god-darn angry. The FCC chairman has lashed out over a ruling this week by a New York Appeals Court that overturned his agency’s citing of several major networks for on-air expletives uttered by Nicole Richie, Cher, a contestant on “Survivor,” and others. Interestingly, his own statement is laced with expletives.
The court rebuked the FCC Commission for being “divorced from reality.” It’s not hard to see why: the commission ruled the mere utterance of certain words like “shit” or “fuck” implied that certain obscene excretory or sexual acts were carried out. Of course — in reality — these words are often used as simple exclamations. read more
Major Webcasters to face billions in new fees? The CEOs of the four leading internet radio broadcasters, RealNetworks, Yahoo, Pandora, and Live365, say the new annual $500/channel administrative fee would force their companies alone to pay $1 billion per year to SoundExchange without including actual royalty payments. by Anne Broache, CNET, June 7, 2007read more
Apple Debuts Unprotected Songs Online
Apple begins selling DRM-free songs from EMI on Itunes; songs downloaded from iTunes will play on other digital music players for the first time. by May Wong, Associated Press, May 31, 2007
Amazon Store to Sell Music Free of Copy Protection
Amazon.com plans to launch a digital music store later this year. Their MP3-only strategy, says founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, "means all the music that customers buy on Amazon is always DRM-free and plays on any device." Billboard.biz, May 16, 2007read more