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It's Time For Congress To Get Serious About Artists' Performance Rights - #IRespectMusic

It's Time For Congress To Get Serious About Artists' Performance Rights - #IRespectMusic

While the National Association of Broadcasters once again works to pass the Local Radio Freedom Act, something which would be harmful to recording artists everywhere, it becomes increasingly important for Congress to take real action regarding artist' performance rights. Guest post by Chris Castle of Music Tech Solutions Friends don’t let friends get LRFA’d. Once again we’ve ...

Indie Music Fans Spent More Than $1 Million On Bandcamp During Friday's ACLU Fundraiser

Indie Music Fans Spent More Than $1 Million On Bandcamp During Friday's ACLU Fundraiser

On Friday, Bandcamp held a fundraiser donating a share of sales to support the pro-immigrant and pro-refugee work of the American Civil Liberties. 400 independent labels and artists joined in, and indie music fans responded, spending more than $1 million on music on the platform.  Bandcamp, along with 400 indie labels and artists donated a share ...

Musicians Action Group's Comments To Judiciary Committee Regarding Copyright Reform

Musicians Action Group's Comments To Judiciary Committee Regarding Copyright Reform

This piece contains the text of comments by the participatory grass roots organization Musicians Action to the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet regarding copyright reform as they work to promote economic justice for artists. Guest Post by David Lowery on The Trichordist Musicians Action is a participatory democratic grass roots organization dedicated ...

Bandcamp Joins Anti-Trump Immigration Fight, Will Donate 100% Of Friday's Profit To ACLU

Bandcamp Joins Anti-Trump Immigration Fight, Will Donate 100% Of  Friday's Profit To ACLU

Indie music powerhouse Bandcamp is joining the growing protests against President Trump anti-Muslim immigration ban.  This Friday, Bandcamp will donate 100% of their share of all sales to the American Civil Liberties Union. This Friday, February 3rd, starting at 12:01am Pacific Time, Bandcamp will donate 100% of their share of the proceeds of every sale to the ...

Battle Over Public Performance Rights Of Old Music Heats Up: NY Rejects, Supreme Court Petitioned

Battle Over Public Performance Rights Of Old Music Heats Up:  NY Rejects, Supreme Court Petitioned

Although certainly not a new dispute, the legal battle over pre-1972 recordings recently kicked into a higher gear, with New York recently rejecting a case, and the Supreme Court being petitioned to hear another. Guest Post by Mike Masnick on Techdirt For many years now we've been covering the ridiculous legal disputes over pre-1972 sound recordings. ...

Obama Signed The BOTS Act, But Don't Get Too Excited

Obama Signed The BOTS Act, But Don't Get Too Excited

Obama's recent signing of the Better Online Tickets Sales (BOTS) act, while a step in the right direction, will only go so far towards solving issues with customers' ticket buying experience. Guest Post by Dave Brooks on Amplify President Barack Obama has signed the Better Online Tickets Sales (BOTS) Act into law, making it illegal to use ...

FCC Boss Tom Wheeler Resigns, Signals Beginning Of End For Net Neutrality

FCC Boss Tom Wheeler Resigns, Signals Beginning Of End For Net Neutrality

With a Trump presidency looming, and the dismantling of net neutrality a seeming inevitability Tom Wheeler, the boss of the FCC and long time defender of net neutrality recently announced his resignation. Guest post by Karl Bode of Techdirt We've been discussing how FCC Boss Tom Wheeler was stuck between a rock and a hard place with ...

President Obama Signs "Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act of 2016"

President Obama Signs "Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act of 2016"

In a rare example of bipartisanship, the U.S. Congress has passed and President Obama has signed a bill that outlaws all ticket bots.  Bots are computer programs that enable ticket brokers to bulk purchase concert and event tickets,raising average ticket costs for millions of fans.  Today, President the “Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act of 2016" which ...

Congress Brings Sanity To Appointment Of Head Of US Copyright

Congress Brings Sanity To Appointment Of Head Of US Copyright

It looks as though the churning waters in the U.S. Copyright Office are beginning to calm somewhat following the retaliatory constructive termination of Maria Pallante. Since then congress has taken corrective action and issued a warning to the current Librarian of Congress. Guest Post by Chris Castle on Music Tech Solutions As you may have read, the ...

B-JAZZ 2017: Help Young Belgian Jazz Musicians Realize Their Dreams

B-JAZZ 2017: Help Young Belgian Jazz Musicians Realize Their Dreams

Although governments in Europe are withdrawing their subsidies for the performing arts and life is getting more and more difficult for performing artists to earn their living, the jazz scene in Europe continues to forge ahead. Music colleges, academies, conservatories and jazz institutes are attracting more young musicians than they can enroll. The number of jazz ...


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