Intellectual property theft on the internet is as rampant as it is difficult to effectively curtail. Musicians are among those who earn a living — at least in part — from their copyrights, which is why Future of Music Coalition is generally supportive of efforts to protect artists’ rights online. read more
One of the most buzzed-about sessions at the 2011 Future of Music Policy Summit was our lunchtime workshop on Tuesday, October 4 on “The Band as a Business.” Presented by Paul Rapp, attorney/musician/community radio leader/writer and Adjunct Professor of Law at Albany Law School, and Marcy Rauer Wagman, managing partner at Wagman Hurwitz & Dickman and Associate Professor at Drexel University, the hour-long workshop was a practical primer on what you need to do to protect what you have, avoid train wrecks and get ever
Everyday brings new concerns about data in the online realm. From high-profile hacking incidents to issues around the use of personal information, our migration to digital platforms has tested traditional ideas about privacy. These developments also affect musicians and fans, especially as music is increasingly accessed via mobile devices, “apps” and social networks. read more
You may have heard about a new bill introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) that would make illegal streaming of copyrighted works a felony. If not, you can take our word for it when we say that it’s produced some strong reactions on blogs, message boards and social networks.
This article is by FMC advisory board member Whitney Broussard, Esq. It originally appeared in the University of Georgia School of Law Intellectual Property Journal entitled Symposium: The Changing Face of Copyright Law: Resolving the Disconnect Between 20th Century Laws and 21st Century Attitudes (Vol 17, Number 1, Fall 2009). read more
Future of Music Coalition; National Association of Media Arts & Culture; Fractured Atlas
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Every member of the arts community has been impacted by the unprecedented challenges and opportunities proffered by technology. This paper briefly examines some of the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital era, and also suggests how the development and maintenance of certain digital infrastructure is critical to a successful and resilient 21st century arts and cultural sector.
Net Neutrality lets artists and fans connect on the web
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
There’s been no shortage of talk lately about Net Neutrality, with everyone from Jon Stewart to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski discussing the future of the web as we know it. I wanted to take a minute to talk about why Net Neutrality is so important to the creative community, particularly musicians. read more
Since Barack Obama’s inauguration, many in the arts community have pondered what the change in leadership might mean for our field. It’s clear that the new president has some interest in musicâ€”he’s got Jay-Z on his iPod and even handpicked “long, strange trippers” The Dead to play at the Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball in D.C. But looking past the meeting of tye-dyes and power ties, what does this mean for cultural policy?
On July 15, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing for Federal Communication Commission (FCC) nominees Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Atwell Baker. President Obama nominated Clyburn and Baker to fill two vacant FCC Commissioner positions. The FCC has five Commissioners, only three of which can be from the same political party; the party of the current administration constitutes the majority. Clyburn, a Democrat, and Baker, a Republican, will be replacing outgoing Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Debi Tate, respectively. (Later in the week, the Senate confirmed Clyburn and Atwell.)
On June 11, 2009, the House Subcommittee for Communications, Technology and the Internet held a hearing on the Local Community Radio Act of 2009. This bill is designed to lift the minimum distance requirements imposed by the Radio Broadcast Preservation Act and allow LPFM stations to exist on “third-adjacent channels,” or channels three clicks away from full-power stations on the dial. Congress imposed this restriction in response to fears that an LPFM’s 100 watt-or-less signal would interfere with a full-power station’s 20,000 watt signal. This is a bit like being worried that a flashlight will steal brightness from an industrial-grade spotlight. read more