You might have run across the handfulofarticles in the last day or so about online “predictive” radio service Pandora adding audio ads. This move is no doubt an attempt to develop a sustainable revenue stream for Pandora’s free services (the company also offers yearly ad-free subscriptions for $36). read more
Today’s blog post was co-authored by FMC intern Daniel Eno, based on a bit of pondering by FMC Events Organizer Chhaya Kapadia.
Do you ever get nostalgic about cruising the racks at your local record store? Do you ever feel that, while it may be infinitely more convenient and even a couple dollars cheaper to buy an album off of iTunes, it’s nice to know your purchase helped keep your neighborhood shop up and running? What if you could combine the convenience of online purchasing with that warm feeling you get from supporting your local music-slingers? read more
SoundExchange collects and distributes the digital public performance royalty, which means performers and labels get paid for digital plays of their music. In 1995, Congress passed Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act, which granted a performance right for the digital transmission of sound recordings. Previously, US copyright law contained no provisions for performance right in sound recordings. SoundExchange is the designated non-profit organization that collects the license fees and distributes royalties to those whose recordings were played digitally. Payees include the performer, non-featured artists and the sound recording copyright owner (most often, a label). read more
Ahead of an important congressional hearing on digital performance royalties for non-interactive webcasts, the Future of Music Coalition urges Congress to establish a rate system that ensures artists get paid fairly and webcasters can continue to broadcast.
FMC has submitted testimony to the House Small Business Committee, which will hold a hearing Thursday on the Copyright Royalty Board’s controversial new rates for webcasters. Many small webcasters have complained the rates are so high they will be forced to stop broadcasting after the implementation date of July 15, while some musicians and copyright holders believe the new rates reflect fair compensation for the use of their work. read more
A brief summary of the DMCA for people in the music business touching on diverse subjects such as Copyright Management Information, peer to peer distribution, public libraries, webcasting and SoundExchange. read more
Jenny Toomey and Brian Zisk discuss watermarking, digital rights management and the danger of closed systems
Wednesday, July 19, 2000
In this interview, Brian explains some of the potential miscues that
major labels may be taking in order to preserve traditional business models,
as well as the technology community’s role in understanding the importance
of building business models that also compensate artists. read more
Internet pioneer Brian Zisk on webcasting, artist compensation and the fallacies about encryption
Thursday, April 20, 2000
Brian Zisk has been a long time community activist and a mainstay on the Internet scene since before the web began. Not only has he been a long-time participant in The Well, he has published the SanFranZiskGo! Weekly Events listings for close to 7 years now. Brian also founded Green Witch Radio, and worked as director of Business Development for the entertainment portal, iCAST. read more