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
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.
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.
It comes as no surprise to musicians any more that they need to manage their own careers in a different way than they used to. Instead of making great music, then trying to obtain a manager, a publicist, an agent, a record deal, etc., events like FMC’s Policy Summit help educate musicians about how they are going to manage their own careers. To paraphrase Amaechi Uzoigwe of Definitive Jux Records on Sunday, “being a musician today is like running a small business.” At OurStage, we want to encourage musicians to use our platform and various tools to advance their musical career so that they can grab hold of another rung and move up the ladder of success. read more
(#FMC10, #musicindustry) The musical middle class sounds lovely, that is, if it actually existed. But is this just a mirage, another comfy-sounding theory that has little chance of being realized? 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.
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