@thetrickness: Most Music Tech Startups Don’t Know Shit About How Labels Work – A Response To David Pakman — Artist Rights Watch

A thoughtful response to David Pakman (call sign “One Trick Pony”) by Jim McDermott. David’s post is “The Music Industry Buried More Than 150 Startups” which is something of a summary of David’s various public statements and Congressional testimony over the last 10 years or so. David you’re one of the smartest guys on the […]

Faza: It’s the Content, Stupid!

One thing I believe everyone can agree on is that the safe-harbour (aka “notice-and-takedown”) provisions of the DMCA aren’t working as they should. Problem is that there’s a… ahem… considerable difference of opinion regarding what is wrong with them. The creative sector’s perspective should be well known to You, gentle Reader, but I shall take […]

The Voting Dead: White House memo questions if anonymous comments can be used in making policy?

If you followed the Copyright Office request for public comments on the DMCA “notice and takedown” safe harbors, you will probably be aware of reports that a group called Fight for the Future generated 86,000 comments to the Copyright Office in approximately 36 hours. I will give even money that it will turn out that investigation will reveal that most of those comments were fake.

One reason I’d make that bet is because they look fake. Many were anonymous or pseudonymous and there’s really no way to know who or what submitted those comments. And that’s why there’s a question about whether this kind of public comments can be used at all for policy making.

Progressive Candidates Fail Artists: Zephyr Teachout (NY-19) vs Woodstock NY — The Trichordist

“Progressive” Democratic congressional candidate for Woodstock NY Zephyr Teachout is director of an astroturf organization that takes regressive copyright positions that harm artists and favor major Silicon Valley corporations like Google. In 2013 Fight For the Future mounted a massive copyright infringement campaign against the MLK estate over the “I Have a Dream Speech.” +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ […] […]

DHS: Music industry honors ICE agents

WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigators were commended at a ceremony today by representatives from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shutting down one of the largest U.S.-based online music piracy networks in history. ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents stationed in the United States, Canada, France and Netherlands were […]