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Net Neutrality's Death Official In April (Cue Lawsuits)

Net Neutrality's Death Official In April (Cue Lawsuits)

Although net neutrality was sentenced to death some time ago last year, the actual repeal itself won't be going into effect until April, at which time a slew of lawsuits will likely roll in against the FCC.  By Karl Bode of Techdirt While the FCC formally voted to kill net neutrality late last year, the actual repeal of the ...

Music Modernization Act Seeks Sweeping Royalty Reform

Music Modernization Act Seeks Sweeping Royalty Reform

While legislative gridlock seems to be the order of the day, a new legislative effort to institute a comprehensive reform of music licensing regulations is pushing ahead in the U.S. Senate with bipartisan support. On Wednesday, the Music Modernization Act was introduced in the Senate, with co-sponsored from both parties, including Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, former ...

States, Congress Battle FCC Over Net Neutrality End

States, Congress Battle FCC Over Net Neutrality End

Dozens of attorneys general filed a petition Tuesday challenging the Federal Communication Commission’s recent decision to roll back net neutrality rules. A coalition of major tech companies has also promised court action; and Congress appears ready to take action, as well. The petition, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, would block ...

Photographer Jimmy Katz Announces Giant Step Arts, Artist-focused Non-profit Supporting Modern Jazz Innovators

Photographer Jimmy Katz Announces Giant Step Arts, Artist-focused Non-profit Supporting Modern Jazz Innovators

“[Katz] has developed an exceptional body of work in the jazz field, covering the elder statesmen, the icons, the mainstream and the young lions. In the process, he has developed his own style with the camera that is as identifiable as Armstrong’s tone on trumpet or Coltrane’s sound on tenor sax.”—Michael Cuscuna, producer, Blue Note Records ...

Democrats Set To Force Vote to Save Net Neutrality

Democrats Set To Force Vote to Save Net Neutrality

The end of net neutrality has wide reaching implications for the musicians, music tech and the broader music industry. The Trump controlled FCC has gutted the regulation, which guaranteed equal access to the internet. Now Democrats in Congress, using the Congressional Review Act, are offering a glimmer of hope that it can be saved. Democratic senators on ...

The Sonny Rollins Bridge Project seeks to rename NYC’s Williamsburg Bridge to commemorate Rollins’ musical sabbatical there from 1959-1961

The Sonny Rollins Bridge Project seeks to rename NYC’s Williamsburg Bridge to commemorate Rollins’ musical sabbatical there from 1959-1961

In the summer of 1959, saxophonist Sonny Rollins disappeared from the jazz scene. He was 28 years old and at the height of his career. He would not record or perform publicly for almost three years, a virtual eternity for a jazz musician. Instead, Rollins took it to the bridge: he would practice, typically alone, up ...

UNESCO sets the stage for International Jazz Day in 2018, 2019

UNESCO sets the stage for International Jazz Day  in 2018, 2019

Sometimes you know, sometimes you don't- until the last minute. That's been the case with International Jazz Day celebrations. But apparently it's no longer going to be kept close to the vest. Since the global program was created in 2011, major events were held in Paris, New Orleans and UN headquarters in New York City in ...

Bill Frisell Offers Special Download To Benefit Houston’s Mayor, Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Bill Frisell Offers Special Download To Benefit Houston’s Mayor, Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Worldwide release date: September 18, 2017 American guitarist, Bill Frisell, one of the most sought after voices in contemporary music is offering a special download to benefit Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey relief fund. 100% of the profits will go to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund which was created by Turner, as a direct response ...

Dig a little deeper - Help save our blues, roots & jazz musicians deep in the heart of Texas

Dig a little deeper - Help save our blues, roots & jazz musicians deep in the heart of Texas

The Jazz Foundation of America's Musicians Emergency Fund stepped up big time to help jny: New Orleans musicians after Hurricane Katrina and its catastrophic flooding aftermath. And it is preparing to reach out to Texas jazz, blues and roots musicians affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Jazz Foundation will help them rebuild, repairing homes, replacing belongings and ...

Time Is Running Out For Artists & Writers To Exercise Their Termination Rights Under U.S. Copyright Law

Time Is Running Out For Artists & Writers To Exercise Their Termination Rights Under U.S. Copyright Law

The 1976 Copyright Act provides for the termination of copyright transfers–but authors need to act within a limited timeframe. Creators are entitled to reclaim their copyrights regardless of any contract stating otherwise after certain time periods. Therefore, even if an author, artist, musician, photographer or songwriter signed a contract which purports to transfer all rights in ...