Frequent postings from the FMC staff about the issues at the intersection of music, law, technology and policy.

Jimmy Iovine and the Myth of the Male Music Fan

by Kelsey Butterworth, Policy & Communications Intern

There was a simpler time, not too long ago, when Jimmy Iovine’s most egregious sins were peddling Dr. Dre’s Beats headphones, Weezer’s 2008-2009 oeuvre, and the whiteification of hip-hop. Following an illuminating interview on CBS, we can now add “smarmy mansplaining” to that list. Here are a couple of things that Iovine publicly stated that he believes:

Women find it very difficult at times — some women — to find music.” read more

Submitted by kelsey on November 23, 2015 - 1:12pm

Obamacare Open Enrollment: What You Need to Know

by Kelsey Butterworth, Policy Intern and Kevin Erickson, Communications & Outreach Manager

As of November 1, enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare) is once again open, which means it’s a counterintuitively exciting time to be an artist without medical insurance. The ACA does what its name implies, and for musicians lacking coverage, it can be a critical step in leading a long and productive life. read more

A Major Challenge to European Net Neutrality

As is the case with many crucial liberties, the fight for network neutrality—the principle that preserves an open internet where everyone can build businesses, reach audiences and freely express themselves—is never truly over. It’s also important to remember that this fight is global.  read more

The 15th Future of Music Policy Summit Wrap-Up

This year’s Future of Music Policy Summit was the 15th ever and best yet. Musicians, songwriters, artist advocates, music managers, industry leaders and academics from around the world came together for two days of discourse on—you guessed it—the future of music. Though the discussions got pretty feisty at times, the overall vibe was one of collaboration and optimism. read more

Submitted by kelsey on October 30, 2015 - 1:58pm

Happy Birthday to You - A Chapter Closes in A High-Profile Copyright Saga

guest post by Anna-Kaisa Kaila

“Happy Birthday” is the song everyone and your cat knows. The Guinness Book of World Records lists it as the most frequently sung English song, but it is recognized around the world and sung enthusiastically in many different languages at birthday parties for children and adults alike. With hundreds of millions of public performances and easily billions of private ones, it without a question the most popular song in the musical canon of the twentieth century. Not to mention examples like Marilyn Monroe’s serenade version to the U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1962 – an iconic performance of an iconic song. read more

Submitted by Anna on October 7, 2015 - 9:31am



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