True or false: Songs/compositions must be registered with the US Copyright Office before they can be released commercially.
How about this one: A classical composer’s music is streamed on Spotify. Her publishing company is a member of the Harry Fox Agency in the US. As the composer, what should she expect to receive in royalties when her compositions are streamed by user request on this interactive service?read more
Away from the aisles of brick and mortar retailers, independent game sellers have been experimenting with new marketing models. Some of their sales strategies may even prove valuable for musicians and record labels. Product bundling — along with strategic timing, live and variable pricing and charitable giving — are providing a range of incentives for potential customers to support artists and developers.read more
Post authored by Policy Intern Cody Duncan and Legal Intern Satie Munn
As reported by the New York Times, it appears that the French government is taking steps to make changes to HADOPI (known by its French acronym) — the agency charged with enforcing the country’s “three strikes” anti-piracy regime.
In an effort to crack down on digital media piracy, France passed legislation in 2009 imposing substantial penalties on citizens who engage in illegal file sharing. Under this legislation, users receive two warnings regarding their alleged unlawful behavior with a third offense potentially resulting in suspension of their internet service for two months to a year.
Four years later, the law (as it stands) may be in jeopardy. If reports are to be believed, French President François Hollande intends to shutter HADOPI and reduce the penalties associated with digital media piracy. One report prepared for the government suggests implementing a €60 ($78) fine for repeat offenders rather than disconnecting their Internet access. The French minister in charge of Internet policy, Fleur Pellerin, supports such a change, saying, “Today, it’s not possible to cut off Internet access. It’s something like cutting off water.”
FMC’s Casey Rae will participate in a panel discussion on digital copyright enforcement during the World Creators Summit in Washington, DC from June 4-5 (our session is at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, June 5). Interestingly, the conversation also includes Sarah Jacquier, Director of Legal Affairs of HADOPI. This is in addition to Jill Lesser, Director, Centre for Copyright Information; Satoshi Watanabe, Deputy General Manager of General Affairs Bureau, JASRAC. Helienne Lindvall, songwriter, musician and Music & Media Columnist for The Guardian, will moderate.
The first time I saw singer/songwriter Alexandra Niedzialkowski perform under the moniker Cumulus was six years ago at the small town artist space/venue where we both lived. It was an auspicious debut, highlighting her disarmingly intimate voice and a spark of charisma that more than outshone any beginners’ nervousness. read more
On Thursday, May 16, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition Policy and the Internet held a hearing entitled “A Case Study for Consensus Building: The Copyright Principles Project.”
Witnesses included Pamela Samuelson (University of California at Berkeley Law School); Jon Baumgarten (former General Counsel of the U.S. Copyright Office); Laura Gasaway (University of North Carolina Law School); Daniel Gervais (Vanderbilt Law School Intellectual Property Program); and Jule Sigall (Assistant General Counsel for Copyright at Microsoft). All of the panelists contributed to the Copyright Principles Project and its 2010 report [PDF].
FMC’s written testimony, which was submitted to the Committee for the official record, makes the basic point that creators must be included in future hearings, as their perspectives will help inform any apparaisal of the impact of existing (or proposed) rules.
This post co-authored by FMC Communications Intern Olivia Brown
The big music biz news this week is all about the launch of Google’s new subscription streaming music service. But that’s not the only development in the world of streaming. Last week, at the annual NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) Convention, one of the first such services, Rhapsody, announced that it would be the first major digital music service to join the Recording Academy’s new “Give Fans The Credit” initiative. The campaign aims to make songwriter, performer, producer, and other credits widely available to digital music consumers at a time when physical media sales — along with liner notes — are on the wane.
There’s nothing more fun than a community of friends and fans coming together to celebrate the songs of a local boy done good while raising money for a great cause.
We at FMC were honored to be the beneficiaries of a sold-out rock show last Thursday May 9 at Deep South The Bar in Raleigh, North Carolina. The concert celebrated the release of Losering: The Songs of Ryan Adams by journalist and critic David Menconi. This award-winning book blends biography and criticism to tell the story of Adams’ musical journey through alt-country and beyond, and is rooted in the rich and fertile Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill music scene where Adams got started.
That community was out in full-force on Thursday as fourteen different acts covered their favorite songs from all eras of Adams’ long career. You can check out David’s play-by-play recap of the event at the book’s website.
It’s incredibly gratifying and humbling when artists and fans find creative ways to support our work and build a vibrant and equitable future for musicians. Our deepest thanks to all the performers, fans, and especially to author David Menconi and Dave Rose and John Booker of Deep South.