What a shock: The EU’s pursuit of Google, along with probes into other U.S. multinationals over tax issues and control of personal data, has caused irritation in Washington, with President Barack Obama last year accusing Europe of veering toward protectionism.
A look back at comments to the Department of Justice by our regular commenters–whose input was ignored along with everyone else from the music industry who took the time to provide the Obama Administration with practical solutions and on the ground observations. Was the “public comment” process rigged? via Chris Castle’s Comment to Justice Department on […]
Rep. Doug Collins (author of Songwriter Equity Act) gives Attorney General Loretta Lynch a chance to answer on 100% licensing. In the duck of the day, Lynch mealy mouths her way around answering the question. via Duck of the Day: @repdougcollins Gives Attorney General the 911 on 100% Licensing — Artist Rights Watch
If the Obama Administration wants to lame duck their way out of amending (or terminating) these ancient consent decrees, they could at least do songwriters the courtesy of requiring their revolving door appointees to tell songwriters to their faces at a public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Instead, the Administration encouraged songwriters to wrack […]
Legendary songwriter Shelley Peiken encourages writers to “Write Anyway” despite the kick in the teeth to songwriters from the corrupt Google Justice Department. via @Shelly_Peiken: Write Anyway — Artist Rights Watch
In what may be a foreshadowing of the WTO arbitration yet to come, the Canadian Music Publishers Association joined A2IM and AIMP in condemning the Obama Administration’s position on 100% licensing to protect the largest corporations in the world from collective action by songwriters. via Canadian Music Publishers, Indie Labels and US Indie Publishers Reject Obama […]
The Obama Department of Justice has been conducting invitation only conference calls with songwriters about the DOJ’s proposed 100% licensing regime they’d like to impose by means of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees. And these are the calls we know about–I have to assume that the Administration is doing the same with Digital Media Association, Public Knowledge and who knows who else. It is unclear whether any of those comments received or transcripts of conference calls will ever be subject to…ahem…the Freedom of Information Act.
A message from Paul Williams about the Obama Administrations punitive 100% licensing ruling against songwriters around the world via @impaulwilliams: A Message from ASCAP President Paul Williams to Members About the DOJ’s 100% Licensing Proposal — Artist Rights Watch
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If you read nothing else, read this post from songwriter Kay Hanley: 100% licensing is a nightmare for us, while paving a smoother, more carefree road for digital platforms to exploit our copyrights. They have done this despite our pleas, despite no monopolistic behavior on our side and thus, for seemingly for no good reason. […]