Thursday, December 13, 2012

The MUSIC Act Aims to Help Independent Labels in U.S.

The MUSIC Act Aims to Help Independent Labels in U.S.

Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced legislation Wednesday that would make it easier for U.S. independent music labels to access the global marketplace. The Making United States Independents Competitive (MUSIC) Act aims to help small labels by connecting them to new audiences and distributors at trade shows. 
  
Independent labels find it increasingly difficult to sell their goods in the global marketplace, Nadler explained in his press release. "This bill would help promote U. S. exports in an extremely competitive industry whose talents cannot be outsourced," he said. 
  
Specifically, the bill would authorize the U.S. Department of Commerce to help independent labels in sending their recording artists to international music trade shows. That assistance would include admission costs, support for travel, booth construction and "touring expenses" related to foreign music trade shows. 
  
The bill defines an independent label as one with total revenues of less than $50 million, had less than a 1% share of the U.S. recorded music market and is not majority owned by a "corporation, partnership, or other association that has total revenues of more than $50,000,000" in the preceding fiscal year. Under that definition, a large independent such as Big Machine Label Group, the home of Taylor Swift, would not qualify for a share of the $1 million that would be appropriated for each fiscal year from 2013 to 2017. 
Read more at http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/indies/the-music-act-aims-to-help-independent-labels-1008049892.story#Q7vwO6M0k5CAXY6k.99 

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Internet Radio Fairness Act is anti-competative & free speech

While lots of great posts are coming out about the Pandora's attempt to legisate a business plan; And, we strongly support the part about compensating creators and the importance to the future of the arts in them being compensated...
125 major artists spread have signed a letter opposing Pandora’s plan to cut artists’ pay HypeBot
There's another part of the act that caught our attention and raised hackles for us on grounds that it's anti-competitive and anti-free speech So without further ado Ladies and gentleman we give you Section 5 and the end of USMADEMUSIC.

SEC. 5. PROMOTION OF A COMPETITIVE MARKETPLACE. (a) Limitation Of Antitrust Exemptions.— (1) EPHEMERAL RECORDINGS.—Section 112(e)(2) of title 17, United States Code, is amended— (A) by inserting “, on a nonexclusive basis,” after “common agents”; and (B) by adding at the end the following: “Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to permit any copyright owners of sound recordings acting jointly, or any common agent or collective representing such copyright owners, to take any action that would prohibit, interfere with, or impede direct licensing by copyright owners of sound recordings in competition with licensing by any common agent or collective, and any such action that affects interstate commerce shall be deemed a contract, combination or conspiracy in restraint of trade in violation of section 1 of the Sherman Act (15 U.S.C. 1).”. (2) DIGITAL SOUND RECORDING PERFORMANCES.—Section 114(e) of title 17, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: “(3) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to permit any copyright owners of sound recordings acting jointly, or any common agent or collective representing such copyright owners, to take any action that would prohibit, interfere with, or impede direct licensing by copyright owners of sound recordings in competition with licensing by any common agent or collective, and any such action that affects interstate commerce shall be deemed a contract, combination or conspiracy in restraint of trade in violation of section 1 of the Sherman Act (15 U.S.C. 1). Click <<<<< here >>>>> to see the full bill and call, email, and connect with your representative via social media, phone fax, email or inperson and let them know that this bill will kill USMADEMUSIC.