A broad and growing coalition supports the amendments. It includes European and international digital rights organizations Initiative Netzfreiheit, Edri, La Quadature du Net, Digitale Gesellschaft, Bits of Freedom, and others, international digital rights organizations Access Now, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Reporters without Freedom, US digital rights organizations Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, Free Press, the Future of Music Coalition, which represents musicians, Engine Advocacy, which represents start-ups, EU and US start-ups and technology companies like BitTorrent, Etsy, Kickstarter, Tumblr, Reddit, Soundcloud, Netflix, Vimeo, and other leading venture capitalists from Europe and the US, as well German media authorities. read more
Yesterday, more than thirty leading Internet firms and investors signed an open letter to the European Parliament that urged the parliament to adopt amendments. The letter is signed by tech industry leaders such as Automaticc, inc (WordPress.com), BitTorrent, Etsy, Foursquare, Kickstarter, Netflix, Reddit, Soundcloud, Tumblr, and Vimeo. The coalition also includes leading venture capitalists such as Fred Wilson and Brad Burnham (Union Square Ventures), Brad Feld (Foundry Group), David Pakman (Venrock), and thought leaders such as Mike Butcher.
The amendments are supported by a broad coalition: read more
The Pandora settlement had been considered likely after the Sirius settlement, but it still means “people can exhale,” said Future of MusicCEOCasey Rae. “Having tensions between the U.S.’ biggest webcaster and the music community on this issue isn’t productive.” The Pandora settlement covers only past performances of pre-1972 recordings, but it gives Pandora until the end of 2016 to reach licensing agreements with the labels. Pandora, like Sirius, appears to have decided to settle based entirely on a “cost-benefit” analysis of the legal landscape that showed they were likely to face similar lawsuits across the country, said Dina LaPolt of LaPolt Law, an IP and entertainment law firm. read more
Almost overnight, tech industry leaders, start-ups, high-profile investors, non-profits, and thought leaders organized a powerful movement to save the open Internet in Europe. In an open letter, more than thirty leading start-ups and investors from Europe and the US are demanding that members of Parliament change course and adopt key amendments that would close the loopholes. If passed, the amendments would make the proposal as strong as net neutrality protections adopted in the U.S.
The movement is impressive. It includes: read more
In a letter, companies including Etsy, Kickstarter, Netflix, Reddit, and Tumblr, pointed out what they said were major flaws in the proposal, including a carve-out for specialized services they say create Internet fast-lanes, the allowance for zero-rating plans.
Also criticizing the EU plan are Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, Free Press, and the Future of Music Coalition, the same groups that fought for the Title II-based approach to net neutrality rules the FCC adopted.
According to the Future of Music Coalition, a Washington, DC-based nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, any time a song plays at a rally, campaigns must “ensure that they have a public performance license covering the composition’s use. Most major public venues such as convention centers and arenas typically purchase blanket licenses from performance rights organizations” like ASCAP, BMI and SESAC, which allow campaigns to use songs to which they have secured permission. read more
Attorney and Associate Academic Specialist David Herlihy will moderate a panel at the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit in Washington, DC on October 26-27. The summit seeks to address “the important issues facing musicians and composers in an evolving landscape for music. From local scenes to the global marketplace, from investment and innovation to policy and sustainability, there has never been a more important time for an open and honest discussion about the future of music.”
Indeed, as Svenonius would be the first to note, the indie record label is, in the end, just a small business. This is where Tsunami’s message on A Brilliant Mistake—basically the Sgt. Pepper of small business management—seems so remote today. With Bandcamp, GarageBand, iTunes, Spotify and so many other ways for musicians to record and distribute their music, the old world of duplicitous record execs wielding sexy contracts and Tower Music, Clear Channel, and Target zealously guarding access to the narrow channels that once reached listeners on radio and in retail feels very far away.
This month’s Future of Music Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. just announced its final list of speakers and panelists. Scheduled for October 26-27 at Georgetown University, the summit brings together the best and brightest in the music, tech and policy sectors for conversations on “the diverse needs of musicians.” read more
This week on the podcast we’re going full wonk as Kevin and Marcus Dowling sit down with Future Of Music CoalitionCEOCasey Rae to try and save the music industry! With their 15th Annual Policy Summit just around the corner (October 26-27th) it was about time that Casey dropped by the basement to fill us in on the important work done by his organization, talk the literal future of music, and much, much more.