In an attempt to curb the unauthorized file sharing that has bedeviled the entertainment industry for over a decade, several major Internet Service Providers have agreed to implement a “graduated response” policy to educate — and potentially penalize — users caught illegally sharing copyrighted material online. To do this, ISPs will seek out hotbeds of peer-to-peer activity and target offending IP addresses. The policy is the result of collaboration and negotiation between ISPs and major content companies (think film studios and major labels).
Here at FMC, we’re all about helping artists get a leg up on their careers. But with so many aspects of the music biz in flux, it’s tough to know where to start. Our friends at SoundExchange — the nonprofit that collects and distributes digital performance royalties to artists and labels — have come up with a handy checklist will help you on your way.
For those of you who watched the Grammy Awards on Sunday night (and apparently there were more of you this year than any year since 2004), you may have had a feeling of déjà vu when you saw virtually the same group of stars that clustered together in 2009, 2008, etc. Does this perhaps remind you — at least a little— of the 1993 film Groundhog Day? You know, like Bill Murray’s character hearing “I Got You Babe” every morning?
Now, if you happen to want to hear the same song at the same time every day, that’s fine with us. But sometimes it’s fun to let the needle find a new groove. read more
CNET's Greg Sandoval recently posted a fascinating interview with Eric Garland of Big Champagne -- a California-based company that collects data on filesharing and sells it to the content industry (you know, like labels and film studios). As can be imagined, a lot of what Garland tells these companies isn't perceived as good news. But Big Champagne has been at it for a decade, during which peer-to-peer filesharing went from a "hmm, maybe we should pay attention to that," to a "OMG -- where did all of our sales go?" phenomenon. read more
For this edition of FMC's "Behind the Policy Summit" series, we're traveling across the pond to introduce you to another fabulous speaker at Future of Music Policy Summit 2009. Today's victim, er, subject is Brian Message — a partner in Courtyard Management (the team representing Radiohead, Supergrass and the 22-20s, among others). In addition to his high-profile management duties, Brian is also the newly appointed chairman of the Music Managers Forum in the UK. read more
FMC's Walter McDonough talks to Pennsylvania's WITF about the state of the recorded music industry since the advent of digital technologies like filesharing.On July 27, FMC founding Board member and General Counsel Walter McDonough chatted live on "Smart Talk" -- a program that airs on Pennsylvania's WITF FM.
Walter called in to talk about the state of the record industry since the advent of digital technologies like filesharing. Joining him was David Ivory, Producer/Owner of Ivory Productions. read more
Ain’t technology grand? File sharing has made it possible to download what you want, when you want, and how you want. And a whole generation of i-Tunes and Napster aficionados are used to getting it all for free (or nearly so). As a result, one industry’s being left in the dust. The recording industry, once a giant wing of entertainment, is struggling to survive, and to protect its content. FMC’s Walter McDonough speaks on WITF’s “Smart Talk” program about how these changes have impacted the recorded music industry.
News broke today that "pure play" webcasting services (i.e., the bigger online broadcasters who earn the bulk of their revenue through their services) have reached an agreement with SoundExchange — the nonprofit organization that collects and distributes the digital public performance royalty on behalf of performing artists and sound copyright owners (usually the labels). read more