Casey Rae the Deputy Director is of The Google Funded Future Of Music Coalition has called for a boycott of my band Camper Van Beethoven because I posted a blog which explained why I had been banned from speaking at SF Music Tech. It indirectly involved his organization. Or so I was told.
According to Brian Zisk FOMC co-Founder and director of SF Music Tech it was because I tweeted a picture showing that Google sponsors Future Of Music Coalition. My ire was actually directed at SF Music Tech.
Nevertheless Casey Rae Deputy Director of the FOMC responded on my facebook page-in full view of friends, family and my children I might add -with a completely uncalled for personal attack. A diatribe fof name calling and profanities. He then topped it off with a call to boycott my band.
So now not only am I being censored by these Google backed techno thugs. They are now literally trying to take away my livelyhood? Fuck that. What did CVB guitarist Greg Lisher and Violinist Jonathan Segel do to you? You gonna take food out of their mouths also? Fuck you on their behalf. They don’t have rich silicon valley sponsors paying their bills. You’re the asshole.
And me paranoid?! I’m not paranoid if I’m right. You are out to get me! You’ve just demonstrated that your opaque undemocratic 501C group funded by a 1/2 a trillion dollar corporation is trying to get people to boycott my band because I posted an inconvenient truth about an organization that is -as you claimed – only tangentially related to your organization. Whisky, Tango, Foxtrot!
Unfortunately what this really demonstrates is that most of the musicians working for these Google front organizations are unhinged wackos. I rest my case.
Two Sincere Questions for The Future Of Music Coalition
“This says It all”
I was supposed to speak at the SF Music Tech Summit Feb 19th 2013. A few days before my scheduled appearance I received a call from SF Music Tech and Fututre of Music Coalition co-founder Brian Zisk explaining that I would not be allowed to speak because I tweeted/blogged the above picture with the following caption “this says it all.” Further he noted that “certain sponsors” would not “appreciate” me speaking at this event.
I love the hypocrisy of the Silicon Valley. They are all for free speech until they aren’t.
The fundamental American right is Free Speech. SF Music Tech (and Silicon Valley in general) do not really respect this right. Especially when it begins to interfere with their bottom line.
So what do you say we just end the charade? SF Music Tech Summit is biased against creators/musicians and their rights. It’s a pro-tech industry event. It’s held in the Kabuki Hotel in San Francisco. Because it is a giant Kabuki.
Three times a year you find Tech Industry “entrepreneurs” who’ve never turned a profit “debate” un-elected artists rights advocates who as it turns out work for opaque 501C foundations and organizations that are funded by technology companies like Google.
If it’s not clear I’m talking about you, Future of Music Coalition and Cash Music. Sorry guys/gals you had your chance to do the right thing and speak out publicly against me being banned and you didn’t. That makes you at best quislings and at worst shills.
SF Music Tech and Brian Zisk have every right to do whatever they want with their #SFMUSICTECH summit but I just ask them to stop pretending it reperesents anything other than the technologists that wish to exploit artists.
Have a good SF Music Tech. I’ll be off touring the UK.
We notice that Future of Music Coalition has submitted testimony to congress asking that they “represent” artists in the Copyright Reform process begun by Congress.
So since they’ve volunteered to represent us. We feel it only fair that they answer these two questions:
1. Who selects your advocacy positions?
AFM, AFTRA, NARAS, Nashville Songwriters Assn, and ASCAP all have democratically elected boards who set the organizations’ positions. Do you have members who vote for leadership? If not, who is making those decisions?
2. Who funds your organization?
Google is listed as your first sponsor of your primary event.
How much money do you get from Google? Do you think you should be taking funding from a source many artists believe to be opposed to their interests?
Essential reading by Soren Mork Petersen, “Loser Generated Content: From Participation to Exploitation.”
In this article  some of the critical aspects of Web 2.0 are mapped in relation to labor and the production of user generated content. For many years the Internet was considered an apt technology for subversion of capitalism by the Italian post–Marxists.
What we have witnessed, however, is that the Internet functions as a double–edged sword; the infrastructure does foster democracy, participation, joy, creativity and sometimes creates zones of piracy. But, at the same time, it has become evident how this same infrastructure also enables companies easily to piggyback on user generated content.
Different historical and contemporary examples are provided to map how the architecture of participation sometimes turns into an architecture of exploitation.
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The numbers are simple and staggering. The internet has not empowered musicians, it has exploited them.
Of course there will always be people to nit pick the numbers, to argue and quibble about the Bureau Of Labor Statistics (BLS) methodology. It may be impossible to estimate the exact effect of unethical internet exploitation, but the trend is definite.
Those who debate the exact numbers are using that to delay action. Their job is similar to the commentators and ‘scientists’ funded by oil companies’ to deny global warming or say it needs “more study.”
The Bureau Of Labor Statistics is an agnostic government agency, not the RIAA.
It is also important to note that these cuts are made from the bottom up, not the top down. It is the struggling and middle class musician that gets hurt first. The difference between “making a living, making music” or not is represented in these numbers.
We should also like to point out that while musicians are making less money, those in Silicon Valley are making more money. Jaron Lanier says that “the internet destroyed the middle class” and we can see for ourselves that through the systematic process of removing the cost of labor from their offerings the elite few, are making more money, while everyone else is doing more of the work.