Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime – Complete Series

Chris Castle suggests “Five Things Congress Can Do For Creators…” in three different areas in this series. Essential reading for all musicians and songwriters for an understanding of the forces and legislation that shape your ability to make a living.

1) Five Things Congress Could Do For Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 1:
Pre-72 Sound Recordings

Many of us in the music business know that songwriters and recording artists are financially worse off under the “new boss” than they were under the “old boss.” We have watched older artists “die on the bandstand” because the royalty or residual income they had counted on to support them in their retirement began evaporating with the arrival of the Internet in their lives. We have watched younger artists and songwriters essentially give up on the idea of doing anything but breaking even — maybe, if they are lucky — on sound recordings. And there is a growing realization that being in cut out bin, or as it’s known online the “long tail”…well, is not ideal. So what is to be done?

READ THE FULL POST HERE:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-castle/five-things-congress-coul_b_3658643.html

2) Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 2:
Update the Compulsory License for Songwriters

One might ask why do we need a compulsory license for songs? At a time when the dominant big tech companies drive around the world snorting up private data and taking pictures of your house, have scant attention paid to them when they gobble up companies to increase their market dominance or even monopoly, and employ an unprecedented number of lobbyists to influence governments around the world, why are we still worried about compulsory licenses for songs? To protect the public from the anticompetitive ambitions of songwriters?

READ THE FULL POST HERE:
http://musictechpolicy.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/five-things-congress-could-do-for-music-creators-that-wouldnt-cost-the-taxpayer-a-dime-part-2-update-the-compulsory-license-for-songwriters/

3) Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a Dime Part 3:
Create an Audit Right for Songwriters

Chairman Goodlatte has said he intends to update the Copyright Act to bring it into line with the digital age. The Congress already allowed audits for the compulsory license for sound recordings and the webcasting royalty established under Section 114. This mechanism that Congress created in the recent past is working quite well.

Chairman Goodlatte could borrow heavily from the audit rights for the Section 114 compulsory license for sound recordings, and allow songwriters to conduct group audits under Section 115 to avoid a multiplicity of audits.

READ THE FULL POST HERE:
http://musictechpolicy.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/five-things-congress-could-do-for-music-creators-that-wouldnt-cost-the-taxpayer-a-dime-part-3-create-an-audit-right-for-songwriters/

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