The Tide Has Risen: Five Simple Facts About the “Internet Radio Fairness Act”

Big Tech and Big Media have joined forces in the “Internet Radio Fairness Coalition” which includes Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, Computer and Communications Industry Association (Google), Consumer Electronics Association (Google), Digital Media Association (Google) and…Pandora. So you see, the way this works is the group put Tim Westergren out with the long face and the sad […]

Constitutional Opportunism Continues with IRFA: Copyright Royalty Judges are Properly Appointed

Post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy — the fallacy of false causation or correlation without causation – X happened then Y happened; therefore X caused Y. ________________________________ Let’s be clear:  IRFA will go a long way to completely screwing up the compulsory music license for webcasting, one of the few systems that is working fairly well to both compensate artists […]

Can I Get That In Writing? Freeriding Google threatens to “Censor” French Sites from Search Results Over Payments

Google is threatening to ban (or as the Shill List might say, “censor”) French news sites from Google search results.  Why?  Because newspapers will be able to charge a fee for distribution and reproduction of the news through links in search results or the rebranded “Google News”.  (This may be cased on “making available”, a right that […]

Betting the Company: The Internet Radio Fairness Act has little to do with the Internet, Radio or Fairness

An interesting exchange with a reporter about the Internet Radio Fairness Act:  He denied that IRFA created a new set of per se violations of the Sherman Act–the principal U.S. antitrust law–for sound recording owners who collectively engage in “impeding” the efforts of anyone (including Sirius XM and Clear Channel) who seek direct licenses with sound […]

Originally posted on Four Nights of Music Rights:
Can you believe that we made it to Meeting 4!! October 30: Music Clearances for Tech Startups and Artist Rights: Do Good Business and Protect Your Work Guest Speaker:  David Lowery, of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven and editor of The Trichordist, on artist rights. Band Basics…

Originally posted on The Trichordist:
Here at The Trichordist, we’re taking a look at the Internet Radio “Fairness” Act all week. As a service to readers, we’re firing up the LegalTron 3000 to take a closer look at the bill, analyzing it section by section. Both the House version, H.R. 6480, introduced by Rep. Jason…

An Overlooked Brookings Institute Study on Fighting Piracy at the Corporate Level

“[The Internet] is a cruel and shallow money trench. A long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs…” Attributed to Hunter S. Thompson __________________________________ Brookings Institute Fellow Noah Shachtman wrote a fascinating paper as part of Brookings Foreign Policy, 21st Century Defense Initiative.  Entitled “Pirates of the ISPs: Tactics […]