Sen. Al Franken traveled to the austere halls of Georgetown University on Monday to fervently endorse federal regulation of Internet service providers in a speech that highlighted both his humor and interest in tech policy.
Speaking to a room of musicians and technology wonks at the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit, Franken offered a keynote address on “Net neutrality” — the idea that people should have equal access to the Internet, rather than allowing some organizations preferential treatment.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski brought his rallying cry for Net Neutrality to the Future of Music Conference in Washington on Monday.
Noting the musicians that have supported this cause - from Bruce Springsteen to R.E.M. and Pearl Jam - Genachowski said, ?With a free and open Internet, you don?t have to have big-time, star-power leverage over record labels, publishing companies, commercial radio stations, or particular retailers to get your music to the public. In today?s broadband world, the artists themselves can be self-empowering ? they are free to connect with audiences, paying customers, and musical social networks in ways previously unimaginable.?
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski made a pitch for network neutrality at a Future of Music Coalition policy summit in Washington Monday.
He said artists, songwriters and independent music producers “know better than most” why it is necessary to have “fair rules of the road.” That was a reference to his planned proposal to expand and codify the FCC’s network openness guidelines to exclude discrimination of content and applications and require notification of network management activities.
“With a free and open Internet, you donâ€™t have to have big-time, star-power leverage over record labels, publishing companies, commercial radio stations, or particular retailers to get your music to the public…Net Neutrality permits independent artists and independent labels to compete on an equal technological playing field with the biggest companies in the space. Thatâ€™s the American way — letting Internet users, the broadest group possible of ordinary people, decide who wins and loses,” he said.
The FCC has yet to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) formally kicking off the process of writing and promulgating net neutrality regulations, but the battle over the scope of the new rules is already well underway within media and technology circles in Washington, D.C. At the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit on the campus of Georgetown University on Monday, for example, panelists clashed over whether the agency will or should allow, or even mandate, the use of deep packet inspection (DPI) and other invasive techniques to block the illegal transfer of copyrighted content over broadband networks.
The Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit got rolling Sunday, an annual meeting of musicians, tech-heads, artist managers, academics and music-biz entrepreneurs. The summit?s forward-looking approach is all about making the best of the new reality created by Internet technology and how that might be affected by government policy decisions.
Want to know what the music landscape will sound and look like in a few years? A decade? Two decades? Then the Future of Music Policy Summit, kicking off on Sunday at Georgetown University, is for you.
This year’s summit hosts a boatload of speakers and panelists, including Daniel Ek (founder and CEO of Spotify), Senator Al Franken (being interviewed by R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills), Bob Boilen (host of NPR’s “All Songs Considered”), Wayne Kramer (guitarist for garage rock icons MC5), Mac McCaughan (frontman for indie rock stalwarts Superchunk/founder of Merge Records), Seth Hurwitz (9:30 club owner/chairman of I.M.P.), Brian Message (Radiohead’s manager), Greg Kot (music critic for The Chicago Tribune) and many others.
In the news this week is President Obama?s appointment of Victoria Espinel as the new Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, or as she?ll likely be known, IP Czar. Jim and Greg talk to Michael Bracy, the Policy Director at the Future of Music Coalition, about this appointment. Bracy gets the sense that Espinel is pretty safely down the middle of copyright issues, and believes the Obama administration is more concerned with access to internet and competition. He explains that until a legitimate digital media marketplace fully evolves, it remains to be seen how copyright laws should changed and be approached differently in the courts. Bracy and the folks at the FMC will be continuing discussions on this topic and more at their annual summit this weekend in Washington D.C.
Twenty years ago, the ?Future of Music? was compact discs (remember those?). Ten years ago, the ?Future? was all about mp3s, Napster, and peer-to-peer file sharing. Curious about the future of music today? Aren?t we all.
The Future of Music Coalition is hosting a policy summit this weekend in various venues across campus, tackling the big questions about the music industry in the digital world. The Summit will examine issues in the music industry, ranging from new music business models and policy decisions, to the impact of technology, to how to look at copyright laws in the digital age, according to Michael Bracy (COL ?90), Policy Director of the FMC.
Throughout the month of September, Community Cinema presented free preview screenings of the documentary D TOUR. Each of the 36 events between September 1 and September 29 connected audience members with information about local organ donation registries and shared the stories of transplant recipients and the donors who saved their lives.
Back in the early part of the decade, a certain peer-to-peer application went from being a small bit of code kicked around on college campuses to a worldwide phenomenon. It?s been nearly ten years since the arrival of the original Napster changed the game for everyone in music. What?s changed since the file-sharing shot heard ?round the world? How have artists dealt with the opportunity and uncertainty presented by an ever-growing number of new technologies? Where do we go from here?
The 2009 Future of Music Policy Summit aims to address those questions and more through three days of engaging, interactive programming where the brightest minds in music, technology and policy will discuss the issues that impact the entire music ecosystem. From Oct 4-6 at Georgetown University in Washington DC, an incredible mix of musicians, artist advocates, policymakers, entrepreneurs and music industry professionals will discuss everything from getting paid in the digital age to how policy impacts the lives and careers of artists. read more