Yesterday, news broke that performance rights organization ASCAP lost its appeal of a decision by a federal judge to keep webcasting rates at 1.85 percent. The ruling also affirmed an earlier decision that publishers are not allowed to “partially withdraw” digital rights from ASCAP. This decision only applies to public performances of musical works on non-interactive (or “radio-like” services such as Pandora. (For more information on how all of this works, check out our ASCAP and BMI consent decrees fact sheet.) read more
For those of you who griped that now-defunct digital downloading platforms like MusicNet and PressPlay were too expensive — prices like these should be illegal! — the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals has taken a significant step towards validating your opinion.
A lot of this stuff is in pretty heady legalese, but here's what you should know about the issue. read more
You probably got the memo that Future of Music Coalition supports artists' access to media technologies (like radio and the internet) and the idea that creative expression has value. But did you know we also stick up for musicians' right to free speech?
A couple of media reform groups have sent the Second Circuit Court of Appeals a brief urging it to kick the legs out from under the Federal Communications Commission’s shiny new rules against “fleeting” expletivesâ€”singular bleep words said on the fly. That crackdown has already resulted in “a palpable chill on free speech,” complain the Center for Creative Voices and the Future of Music Coalition. “Without coherent and consistent guidelines as to what constitutes indecent programming, creators are literally at a loss for words.” The filing was written up by the Media Access Project.