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Royalties for online radio and other digital music services are a prominent topic for today’s recorded music industry, and the discussion has only grown with the recent introduction of the Internet Radio Fairness Act in the House and Senate. IRFA aims to revamp the parts of the Copyright Act that create licenses for online radio services to pay for transmitting sound recordings to their users. More specifically, IRFA would change the standard by which online radio royalty rates are set, alter the qualifications and appointment procedures for the Copyright Royalty Judges, and make several more changes to the process of setting online radio royalties.
Yet again, a band is objecting to the use of its music by a political campaign it doesn’t like. The Silversun Pickups, upon learning that their song “Panic Switch” was used at a Romney campaign event, sent a cease-and-desist letter to the campaign, claiming that the use infringed the band's copyrights and trademarks.
It is hard enough to land a job in a profession that accepts applications. So imagine chasing a career that depends on getting discovered. This is the reality for artists who aspire to sign a record deal with a major label. The four major record labels – Sony, EMI, Warner, and Universal (or UMG) – do not typically accept unsolicited submissions from artists. And to make matters worse, if UMG is successful in its bid to acquire EMI, artists could face an even steeper climb to success.
Yesterday I watched PK President and CEO Gigi Sohn, among
others, testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on
Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights in a hearing
on “The Universal Music Group/EMI Merger and the Future of Online Music.” Seeing
the hearing in person was itself an achievement, as the line was already down
the hall and around the corner an hour and a half before the scheduled start.
Obviously, this is a subject people are interested in. PK, in particular, is
concerned that allowing the largest record company to absorb the fourth largest
would create a “super-major”
label that would have too much control over methods of distribution and
would harm consumer access to music.
On today's podcast we discuss who gets to control your DVR, more cover songs on YouTube, and international policy madness with the TPP and ITU.
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