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The readings for this week say a lot about the present state of the music industry. The letters especially show us that consumers are no longer willing (as they were in years past) to be forcefed whatever the industry tells them (us) to consume. I started with the Decemberists’ letter to Congress. I know it’s […]

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A Mouse-Trap of Exposure

In his law journal Professor Rae-Hunter touches on two types of copyright licensing: one is recording licensing and the other is creative licensing. Perhaps Rae-Hunter’s notion of split copywriting may be more consistent with Patry’s “digital abundance” that the current copyrights laws are incongruent with. Patry posits: “to be effective our copyright laws must be […]

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Of the proposed remedies in the Mousetraps reading, I was struck by how many roadblocks we face in reforming the music industry. Indeed, there doesn’t seem to be one solution that could mutually benefit artists, labels, and consumers. The proposition to bundle streaming music catalogs with internet subscriptions raises some red flags with me. It […]

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When reading Casey’s law journal article and the two analytical documents on new business models and digital music platforms by the FMC, I kept recalling many footages and words from a video I’ve been working on recently – New Frontier: Mobile & Music (one of the panels in the FMC Policy Summit last year). The […]

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There are a lot of novel ideas in William Patry’s How to Fix Copyright, many of them insouciant and easily characterizable as unpopular. I want to focus on a couple he makes in Chapter 4, “The Public Interest.” In this chapter Patry gets philosophical, pondering the very nature and meaning of the phrase “public interest,” […]

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I will have to read more closely to fully understand the licensing procedures and technicalities outlined in Casey’s article, but I thought the article made a timely point regarding the complicated licensing process in today’s content distribution.  As I briefly shared in my post last week, artists themselves are usually removed from the discussion — […]

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Here’s a New York Times article on the proposed UMG/EMI merger that I was quoted in. The full skinny below: On February 15, 2012, Future of Music Coalition sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission voicing concerns about the propsed aquisition of EMI Music by Universal Music Group (UMG). In it, we describe how […]

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One Million Dollar Sample?

I heard a while back that Madonna paid a million dollar to the band members ABBA for a sample from their hit song, Gimme Gimme Gimme. Then Madonna used that sample in her hit song, Hung Up. A million dollar for a mega star may be as petty as a grocery store bill for emerging […]

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This was originally published at the FMC site back in 2008, but I still think it’s relevant. (DiCola and McLeod “sample” some of the language in their intro.) ——— You’ve probably heard some of the buzz around Girl Talk — the biomedical engineer-turned DJ whose sample-based music is making waves among hipsters, tastemakers and even the New […]

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For this week’s topic of creative sampling, I went back to Girl Talk – the poster child of 21st century remix culture – and did some quick research on his work while reviewing his music.  From his 2007 album Feed the Animals, I decided to give myself an ample amount of time to listen and […]

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