The second day of The Future of Music Coalition’s Policy Summit covered a ton of topics for musicians and music entrepreneurs alike. On paper, some of the sessions may have seemed unrelated, but it was great to see how it all wove together by the end.
Rocco Landesman, the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Artsand a powerhouse Broadway producer—who pleased many in the art world when he took on the new role—gave a terrific keynote speech about the value of arts in both the cultural and economic communities.
Yesterday was the last day of the Future of Music Coalition’s Policy Summit, the D.C.-based non-profit’s annual conference focused on exploring current issues impacting musicians. One of the final speakers was Damian Kulash, a D.C. native and member of Chicago bandOK Go. Kulash, who was interviewed byNeda Ulaby of NPR, talked about growing up in D.C., OK Go’s famous treadmill dance, and the group’s new video for “White Knuckles,” which has already gone viral, in part because the band’s co-stars are a bunch of well-trained, cute pooches. read more
How do you catch Craig Finn, Damian Kulash, and T. Bone Burnett all in the same day without getting overpowered by the B.O. of thousands of sweaty music-fest attendees? You put on your sport coat, grab your laptop, and head to The Future of Music Coalition’s annual summit in D.C., of course. At least, that’s what I did. read more
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The wild, wild West of Internet anarchy that was the first decade of the new century has a new sheriff. And she paid a visit to the 10th annual Future of Music Policy Summit with a badge bearing a 33-point strategy for restoring law and order. The summit concluded Tuesday after three days of presentations and spirited dialogue among tech heads, policy makers, artists and recored-label executives plotting a new future for the music industry. read more
WASHINGTON, D.C.— An indication of just how urgent (or how out-of-hand, depending on your perspective) the concern has become over file-sharing was President Barack Obama’s recent appointment of the first so-called copyright czar in the nation’s history.
The new czar — Victoria Espinel, the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement coordinator — visited the Future of Music Policy Summit on Tuesday and offered a brief summation of what’s on her agenda. She represents an administration that is showing troubling signs of skewing toward established corporate interests and 20th Century business models and legal practices at a time when technology has fundamentally changed the way fans consume music and interact with artists.
Curbing Internet piracy is a big priority for the administration, U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel said on Tuesday.
The administration does not have an official position on the Combating Online Privacy Infringement and Counterfeits Act, a measure recently introduced by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., but looks forward to working with Congress on finding an appropriate legislative solution, Espinel noted.
Espinel’s remarks came at the Future of Music Coalition policy summit where she spoke about the work her office is conducting and fielded questions from the audience.
“My job is to protect the creativity of U.S. citizens,” she said. To that end, her office is working to carry out a strategic plan the White House released in June.
The Future of Music Coalition (FMC) celebrated their 10th Anniversary last night at Black Cat in a benefit concert showcasing artists from the critically-acclaimed album, Dear New Orleans. The album, which was produced by Art Traffic control and FMC, marked the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
WASHINGTON — The top White House copyright cop said on Tuesday that the administration is working aggressively to implement a wide-ranging strategy to crack down on digital piracy and the flow of counterfeit goods, saying that protecting U.S. intellectual property interests is a central pillar of the government’s efforts to nurse the economy back to health.
“Protection of our innovation and protection of our creativity is an essential part of our plan for economic recovery,” U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel said in a keynote address here at a policy conference hosted by the Future of Music Coalition.
“Protection of intellectual property will increase exports, it will create jobs,” Espinel said.
For the Obama administration, digital piracy and other forms of intellectual property crimes are a pocketbook issue. That’s according to Victoria Espinel, the nation’s first intellectual property enforcement coordinator. read more