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Music news: Happy Birthday’s disputed rights, vinyl vs. streaming, and the last CD-R for Taiyo Yuden

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:02:32 +0000

If you’re not following the saga of the song “Happy Birthday To You,” the piece on the Future Of Music Coalition’s site titled “Happy Birthday to You – A Chapter Closes in A High-Profile Copyright Saga” sums up the legal situation in some detail. The story itself gives insight into how complicated copyright ownership can be, and amidst other stories explaining how the original composers, Mildred and Patty Hill, actually wanted the song to be part of the public domain, the question of who should own the rights to the song get even more convoluted.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Andre Calilhanna

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Happy Birthday to You - A Chapter Closes in A High-Profile Copyright Saga

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:31:52 +0000

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guest post by Anna-Kaisa Kaila

“Happy Birthday” is the song everyone and your cat knows. The Guinness Book of World Records lists it as the most frequently sung English song, but it is recognized around the world and sung enthusiastically in many different languages at birthday parties for children and adults alike. With hundreds of millions of public performances and easily billions of private ones, it without a question the most popular song in the musical canon of the twentieth century. Not to mention examples like Marilyn Monroe’s serenade version to the U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1962 – an iconic performance of an iconic song.

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Copyright Hearing Recap: Preservation & Reuse

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:56:55 +0000

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Congress’ ongoing review of the Copyright Act continued Wednesday when the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet convened a hearing on “preservation and reuse of copyrighted works”

Committee chairman Howard Coble (R-NC) began the hearing with a nod to his love for bluegrass music—a genre he acknowledged has limited commercial potential in the contemporary marketplace, but remains an invaluable part of America’s cultural history.  It’s actually a pretty good example of what’s at stake in these debates, particularly with orphan works.

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Future of Music Coalition Statement on Administration's IP Enforcement Plan

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:02:02 +0000

2013 Joint Strategic Plan for Intellectual Property Enforcement is balanced and well-informed
June 21, 2013

On June 20, 2013, the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator for the United States (IPEC), released its 2013 Joint Strategic Plan for Intellectual Property Enforcement, which lays out the administration’s agenda for coordinating efforts to protect and encourage American intellectual property (IP) at home and abroad. The following statement can be attributed to Casey Rae, Interim Executive Director for Future of Music Coalition:

“Future of Music Coalition is glad to see that IPEC has again issued a Plan that is balanced and takes into account the current landscape intellectual property, especially copyright.

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Obama Administration's Latest Plan for Intellectual Property

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 19:55:28 +0000

whitehouse.jpg Narrow Today (June 20, 2013), the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) released its 2013 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement [PDF]. Here’s a little background: Victoria Espinel is the chief officer of IPEC and serves the White House on matters of IP enforcement. In this capacity, she is tasked with coordinating the many federal agencies that work to prevent copyright infringement and counterfeiting. This covers everything from books, movies, and music to software, designer clothes and potentially harmful consumer items. Espinel’s post at the White House blog provides a good overview of her work and purpose of the Joint Strategic Plan. Here at FMC, the part of intellectual property we pay the most attention to is copyright. Related Campaign:  On Copyright read more[...]



Future of Music Coalition Testimony to House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet

Mon, 20 May 2013 17:10:06 +0000

Submitted for "A Case Study for Consensus Building: The Copyright Principles Project" hearing
May 16, 2013
Testimony
Author: 
FMC

On Thursday, May 16, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition Policy and the Internet held a hearing entitled “A Case Study for Consensus Building: The Copyright Principles Project.”

FMC’s written testimony, which was submitted to the Committee for the official record, makes the basic point that creators must be included in future hearings, as their perspectives will help inform any apparaisal of the impact of existing (or proposed) rules. We also examine specific issues that we believe the Committee should examine in the course of its review of current copyright law.

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House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property,
Competition Policy and the Internet
2138 Rayburn Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

May 17, 2013

Dear Chairman Goodlatte, Congressman Quayle and members of the committee:

It is a privilege to submit the following testimony for the record in this initial hearing on matters relating to U.S. copyright law.

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Media Files:
http://futureofmusic.org/sites/default/files/Copyright Principles Project.pdf




Future of Music Coalition Testimony in Copyright Principles Hearing

Mon, 20 May 2013 16:31:24 +0000

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On Thursday, May 16, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition Policy and the Internet held a hearing entitled “A Case Study for Consensus Building: The Copyright Principles Project.”

Witnesses included Pamela Samuelson (University of California at Berkeley Law School); Jon Baumgarten (former General Counsel of the U.S. Copyright Office); Laura Gasaway (University of North Carolina Law School); Daniel Gervais (Vanderbilt Law School Intellectual Property Program); and Jule Sigall (Assistant General Counsel for Copyright at Microsoft). All of the panelists contributed to the Copyright Principles Project and its 2010 report [PDF].

Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) called the hearing as his first effort in a broader inquiry to examine specific aspects of current copyright law.

FMC’s written testimony, which was submitted to the Committee for the official record, makes the basic point that creators must be included in future hearings, as their perspectives will help inform any apparaisal of the impact of existing (or proposed) rules.

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Kickoff "Copyright Review" Hearing in House of Representatives

Wed, 08 May 2013 16:37:06 +0000

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On Thursday, May 16 at 2PM EST, the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet will kickoff its review of current copyright law at a hearing called “A Case Study for Consensus Building: The Copyright Principles Project.” You can watch it live right here.

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House Judiciary to Examine US Copyright Law

Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:33:55 +0000

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Not long ago, we reported on US Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante’s House Judiciary Committee testimony regarding “the next great copyright act.” Pallante described the need to update our existing laws to make them not only more comprehensible to the average American, but also work better in a rapidly-evolving technological landscape. We thought that her reasoning was sound and that she was focusing on the right areas, including the incredibly complicated licensing environment for music.

Clearly, the commitee was listening. Yesterday, at a Library of Congress event marking World Intellectual Property Day, Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) signaled his intent to review the Copyright Act (which was passed in 1976 and took effect in 1978), with an eye to optimizing the laws to reflect current realities. You can read Goodlatte’s full remarks here. (Self-referential bit — Goodlatte also gave a keynote at the 10th Future of Music Summit.)

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FMC Reply Comments in Copyright Office Orphan Works Inquiry

Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:23:48 +0000

March 6, 2013
Comments
Author: 
Casey Rae

On March 6, 2013, Future of Music Coalition submitted reply comments to the United States Copyright Office Notice of Inquiry Concerning Orphan Works and Mass Digitization. All reply comments can be viewed here.

This reply followed FMC’s February 4, 2013 initial filing. All initial filings can be viewed here.

 

REPLY COMMENTS OF FUTURE OF MUSIC COALITION IN RESPONSE TO THE COPYRIGHT OFFICE’S NOTICE OF INQUIRY CONCERNING ORPHAN WORKS AND MASS DIGITIZATION

March 06, 2013

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Media Files:
http://futureofmusic.org/sites/default/files/FMC_orphanworksreplycomments_030413.pdf