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Music Tech Policy Monthly for February

February 24, 2011 Comments off

The MTP Monthly subscription newsletter for February is coming next week!  We have an interview with the founder of the dot Music top level domain, more 20 Questions for New Artists, music picks and artist news.  Sign up at!

@musictechpolicy: Facebook’s Music Licenses: What’s Not to Like?

November 21, 2017 Comments off

Facebook pays no royalties for the music that gives significant value to the platform. That’s often a surprising proposition for artists and songwriters, much less the general public.

Yet it is true—hitmakers and new artists, pros and amateurs alike do not get a penny from Facebook and the company doesn’t even attempt to license their work. Why should a multibillion dollar multinational corporation that anchors a large piece of the Internet economy and whose founder is planning on running for President of the United States get to pay music makers in exposure bucks?

The answer is that Facebook, like YouTube and many other user-generated content platforms hide behind the legacy DMCA “safe harbor” and its nonnegotiable, unconscionable, adhesion contract that controls the use of its platform.

Rumor has it that Facebook is evidently coming to the table and is in at least semi-active negotiations with at least some labels and publishers.

One may well ask what took so long—but if it were not for Universal Music Group’s pursuit of Facebook’s infringements through DMCA notices, it’s likely that Facebook would be blithely rolling on its monopolist juggernaut.

On the other hand, this is actually a good time to be negotiating these deals give the Congressional scrutiny of Facebook’s involvement in the 2016 Presidential election campaigns. We have the benefit of public statements by Facebook representatives under oath regarding what they can do and what they so far refuse to do which may come in handy in licensing negotiations.

These negotiations with rights owners may result in what will seem like a very big pop of up-front cash—but is it? And whatever the number, how will that money be distributed to the artists and songwriters that make it happen?

MusicTechPolicy Monthly Newsletter is out! Subscribe here!

November 11, 2017 Comments off

The latest email only MusicTechPolicy Monthly newsletter is out!  Sign up by subscribing to this blog.  This month we focus on Spotify board member Sean Parker’s revelations about how the social platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram are all consciously based on addiction modalities.  Parker’s revelations are confirmed by Dr. Adam Alter’s shocking book “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

Wyden Tobacco

Chris argues that this is national crisis worthy of a Congressional hearing like the tobacco industry’s cultivated addictive powers conducted by consumer hero Senator Ron Wyden. Senator Wyden conducted one of the most famous hearings in history when he asked the CEOs of the tobacco companies to state whether nicotine was addictive.

We also take a look at the tragic humor of Sen. Al Franken’s examination of Facebook, Twitter and Google regarding their inexplicable participation in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

MusicTechPolicy Monthly Newsletter is Out!

April 18, 2017 Comments off

The MusicTechPolicy Monthly Newsletter for March is out!  This month is devoted to a single topic:  What Congress can do about the tens of millions of address unknown NOIs being received by the Copyright Office.

The email newsletter is free to subscribers of the MTP blog, so if you’d like to receive it once a month, please subscribe to the blog in the subscription box!

Thank you!

@musictechpolicy Revisited: Welcome to State Sponsored Theft: Iceland is Becoming a Pirate Utopia (from 2013) — Artist Rights Watch

October 19, 2016 Comments off

This post from April 28, 2013 may be worth reviewing given the news that Lessig is about to take over the Icelandic government through his Pirate Party vehicle. The latest Wikileaks release shows the contempt in which Lessig is held by leading progressives and the Clinton Campaign (not to mention Lessig pal Zephyr Teachout) and how quickly they are scampering to publicly embrace him, which of course feeds his ego beyond category.

via @musictechpolicy Revisited: Welcome to State Sponsored Theft: Iceland is Becoming a Pirate Utopia (from 2013) — Artist Rights Watch

@musictechpolicy: The Obama Administration Is Lame Ducking An Unworkable Burden on Songwriters: 4 Reasons Why It’s Bad Law — Artist Rights Watch

July 14, 2016 Comments off

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 their brains on ways to improve the ancient rules, then pulled the rug out in favor of what Rep. Collins called “arrogance at its worst.”

via @musictechpolicy: The Obama Administration Is Lame Ducking An Unworkable Burden on Songwriters: 4 Reasons Why It’s Bad Law — Artist Rights Watch

Google Facilitates the Sale of the Drug that Killed Prince — MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY — Artist Rights Watch

June 14, 2016 Comments off

The fastest way to get a bad video removed from YouTube is for MTP to blog about it.

via Google Facilitates the Sale of the Drug that Killed Prince — MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY — Artist Rights Watch

September issue of MusicTechPolicy Monthly is out!

September 30, 2011 Comments off

We publish a subscription only monthly newsletter (called, strangely enough, MusicTechPolicy Monthly) that uses content that is not previously published on MTP.  This month’s edition is on the PROTECT IP Act and includes opinion by Mike McCurry and Mark McKinnon, Robert Levine, Luke Ebbin, Terry Hart and Chris Castle.

Remember–it’s free but subscription only.  If you subscribe to this blog in the subscription sign up widget, you will also be subscribing to the newsletter.


New MusicTechPolicy Monthly Newsletter: Featured Artist Mister Barrington, Fraunhofer/Sonnox Pro Codec, Can Creators Call 911?

May 3, 2011 Comments off

The new MusicTechPolicy Newsletter is out (free subscription): Featured Artist Mister Barrington, Fraunhofer/Sonnox Pro Codec, Can Creators Call 911?, lawsuit by Graphic Artist Guild against Illustrators Partnership and more.  Subscribe for free at!

ipolicy: CyberTurfing: The Way Democracy Ends — Artist Rights Watch

August 5, 2018 Comments off

On August 3, 2017 the Moab, Utah Times-Independent published an innocuous-looking letter urging support for net neutrality. Moab, in Utah’s 3rd Congressional district, was facing a special election to replace retiring Representative Jason Chaffetz and the writer argued that support for net neutrality and Title II should be an issue:

It’s time for policymakers in Congress to take a firm stand for our access to a fast, free, and open internet. Unfortunately, we in Moab no longer have a congressperson whom we can urge to speak to this issue. We need a congressperson who will come out in support of strong net neutrality protections — specifically the Open Internet Order and Title II.

The letter was completely fake, however. It was generated by a “CyberTurfing” tool marketed by a company that runs fake grass-roots campaigns for any company or cause willing to pay its price. We know this because the company – New/Mode – brags about it on their web site (click on “like this one”). (The mention of Title II is suspicious in its own right since most people have no idea what it entails.)

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