Washington, D.C.— Future of Music Coalition (FMC), a national non-profit research, education and advocacy organization for musicians, has long championed thoughtful policies to protect intellectual property that take into consideration the needs of the independent creator community. The voluntary “graduated response” policy adopted by America’s largest Internet Service Providers includes provisions to inform and educate internet users of activities that may be deemed as infringing, while outlining “mitigation measures” to deter continued unlawful behavior.
The following statement can be attributed to FMC Deputy Director Casey Rae-Hunter: read more
Washington, D.C.— On Thursday, March 31, Duke University Press will release Creative License: The Law of Culture and Digital Sampling, a compelling new book that explores the complexities and contradictions in how music samples are licensed within the current copyright landscape. Including interviews with more than 100 stakeholders in the sampling community – from David Byrne, Cee-Lo Green, George Clinton, De La Soul, DJ Premier, DJ Qbert, Eclectic Method, El-P, Girl Talk, Matmos, Mix Master Mike, Negativland, Public Enemy, RZA, Clyde Stubblefield and T.S. Monk – Creative License puts digital sampling into an historical, cultural, and legal context.
Future of Music Coalition filed these reply comments with the Copyright Office in their Notice of Public Inquiry on the “termination of transfer” of copyrights.
Under the 35-year reversion terms of the 1976 Copyright Act, copyrights made after Jan. 1, 1978 are eligible to once again become the creator’s property. The comments also address the so called “gap” in the termination clause, in which songs composed under exclusive songwriting aggrements with publishers may fall in between the 56-year termination provisions of the previous 1909 Act and the 35-year terms of its 1976 successor.
Notice of Public Inquiry; Reply Comments: 75 Fed Reg 15390 (3/29/10)
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Future of Music Coalition (FMC) is a not-for-profit collaboration between members of the music, technology, public policy and intellectual property law communities. FMC seeks to educate the media, policymakers and the public about issues at the intersection of music, technology, policy and law while bringing together diverse voices in an effort to identify creative solutions to challenges in this space. Our work often concerns copyright issues and creators’ ability to exploit their intellectual property in an open marketplace. read more
Today's post is by FMC intern Peter Haugen, who has a penetrating mind for all manner of speculative musical phenomenon!
It's Friday! Can't think of a better time to speculate on the future of. . . you guessed it.
While flying cars and jetpacks have yet to become a practical reality (but let's not give up hope!), a recent YouTube video serves as a reminder that, musically speaking, the future is closer than we think. If you haven't seen this video yet, try listening to the first two minutes with your eyes closed. read more