Texas Governor Greg Abbott Leads the Push Back Against DOJ’s Attack on Songwriters–will others join him?
It may be lost on the elites in Washington, but songwriting is not something that only happens in New York City, Nashville or Hollywood. Music contributes billions of dollars to local economies in states all across the country and to cities all across those states.
Texas is no different–music contributes over $1 billion a year of economic impact to the City of Austin alone. Many other states come to mind who are likely similarly situated in addition to California, New York or Tennessee.
A random choice would be Illinois, Washington, Mississippi, Louisiana, Colorado, Oregon, Georgia, Florida and the District of Columbia in no particular order. Chicago, Seattle, Clarksdale, New Orleans, Denver, Portland, Atlanta, Miami and DC all have associated themselves with music both culturally and economically.
In fact, one could pretty easily point to some aspect of every state’s economy that gets a significant contribution from music–and great records and…
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@govabbott: Texas Governor Greg Abbott Urges U.S. Department Of Justice To Reconsider Changes To PRO Licensing Mode — Artist Rights Watch
Texas Governor Greg Abbott calls on Attorney General Loretta Lynch to reconsider DOJ’s position on 100% licensing.
Another outstanding podcast from the Future of What with Kill Rock Stars! President Portia Sabin talking with David Lowery, Chris Castle and NMPA CEO David Israelite about the U.S. Justice Department’s flip flop on 100% licensing.
Find out what “100% licensing” means and what songwriters can do about it, plus a discussion of the implications for international songwriters and the future of reciprocal licensing by PROs outside the US.
Here’s a link to Chris Castle’s Huffington Post article mentioned in the podcast, The Obama Administration Is Lame Ducking An Unworkable Burden on Songwriters: 4 Reasons Why It’s Bad Law; the MusicTechPolicy timeline on the Obama Administration’s songwriter czar Renata Hesse (mentioned by David Israelite) showing her curious connections to Google and the MIC Coalition: How Google Took Over the Justice Department Antitrust Division: Renata Hesse’s Timeline; BMI’s Premotion Letter to Judge Stanton re Obama Justice Department Ruling on 100%…
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A combination of factors have gotten Spotify where it is now. Market conditions, bad management, arrogance, stiffing songwriters and getting too big, too fast. Until all those things change to one degree or another, it’s likely that the Spotify IPO myth will remain just that.
@hannajkarp: Will Pandora Be Allowed to Create A Spotify-Style Black Box for Songwriters AND Screw pre-72 Artists? — Artist Rights Watch
Songwriters are about to allow another digital service to launch with all the makings of another Spotify-style black box. How will Pandora use the new Copyright Office NOI filing rules to screw songwriters and will foreign societies allow a US user to benefit from blanket licensing when it is not fully licensed in the US?
According to emails released under the US Freedom of Information Act, Google briefed the White House on an antitrust investigation into itself, breaking a 40-year precedent of the President’s office staying out of competition issues. It’s no smoking gun – just another small but valuable piece of evidence showing how close the ties are between Obama’s White House and the giant ad-slinger.
Obama Songwriter Czar Renata B. Hesse
Google White House Fixer
Doogie Howser R. David Edelman