INDIE NEWS BEAT
April 5, 2004 Edition
The Future Of Music And Video: Latest Legal & Business Developments
* Launch Of International Legal Action Against Illegal File-Sharing
* Registration Now Open for FMC's Policy Summit 04
* VPL And MTV Ink New Deal For Independent Music
* Disc Makers Kicks Off 2004 IMWS Southeast Showcase
* Metal And Hard Rock Music Videos For The Web & Mobile Phones
* A European Music Office In New York City
* Serving-Up The Best In Digital Music And Lifestyle
* Austrian Electronic Music Festival Visits NY
* Film Music Network Announces Jobs Site
Founder To Speak On Changing Legal & Business Landscape
company initiatives, Proliferation of Download Services such as
Apple iTunes, Wal Mart, Microsoft and MTV, music licensing as a
way to promote new artists as well as a source of revenues, Music
on Demand on VOD systems,... Music trade magazine founder and editor
Eric De Fontenay will be addressing these and other pressing issues
as a speaker at "The Future Of Music And Video: The Latest Legal
And Business Developments."
by The Bar Association Of The City Of NY and The CUNY Graduate Center,
the event features leading entertainment executives including: CHAIR:
Steve Gordon, Esq., former Director of Business Affairs TV/Video
for Sony Music, President of Steve Gordon Clearances, and author
of the forthcoming book "The Future of the Music Business" (Backbeat
Books 2005) Steve Nelson, Chairman and CEO, m/OD Music on Demand,
Inc., and founder, President and Executive Producer of The Cable
Channel David Hughes, VP Technology Strategies and EMD, Sony Music
David Gottlieb, SVP Marketing and Artist Development, RCA Music
Group John Simson, Executive Director, SoundExchange
really only at step 2 or 3 in a 12-step transformative process that
will ultimately result in an almost indistinguishable music industry,"
commented Eric. "As a business magazine editor, I've seen everything
from outsourcing by EMI, new copyright bills and contradicting court
orders, an explosion of online download stores as Apple iTunes misses
its 100M download mark... and that's just in the past two weeks!"
a 'content' publisher, I also have a first-hand realization of the
profound challenges, opportunities and especially uncertainty that
faces not only the music industry, although it happens to be its
primary arena. And while we may not have a crystal ball to divine
the industry's future, we need to understand and accomodate/co-opt
the business & societal changes being wrought by digital technology
rather than fight them. We need to learn to make lemonade from the
lemons we've been given, as the saying goes"
By Jay Berman, Chairman And CEO Of IFPI, On The Launch Of International
Legal Action Against Illegal File-Sharing
we are announcing a wave of legal actions against illegal file-sharing
in several countries. We are targeting individuals whom we believe
are illegally making available hundreds or thousands of song files
containing our members' copyrighted music.
is the start of an international campaign against online copyright
theft, and it is the logical next step in the fight against piracy,
coming after our extensive education and warning campaigns of the
last few months.
message today is that illegal file-sharing is jeopardising the livelihoods
of all those who work in the music industry, that education alone
has proved insufficient in stopping it and that illegal file-sharers
are now no longer going to be able to continue their activities
with impunity from the law.
are also making it clear that illegal file-sharing is not, as some
might mistakenly think, an anonymous activity - if you log on to
a file-sharing network and start uploading copyright music you can
easily be identified. What you are doing is a totally illegal activity
and you may have to face the legal consequences.
litigation activities are only one part of a larger strategy.- a
strategy which combines developing new online services, education
and public awareness and, where it is essential, enforcing the law.
action is not a move we take lightly, but we are absolutely determined
to see it through. Illegal file-sharing is robbing thousands of
people of their jobs and livelihoods, from the musician to the sound
engineer, from the record company talent scout to the record shop
assistant. It has contributed to the loss of almost five billion
euros of annual record sales over the last five years - those are
revenues on which the whole economy of the music industry, and the
people working in it, depends.
Now Open for FMC's Policy Summit 04
Future of Music Coalition will be hosting its Fourth Annual Policy
Summit May 2 - 3, 2004 at George Washington University's Lisner
Auditorium in Washington, DC. We continue to bring the best and
brightest people working in music and technology together to discuss
the most critical issues impacting our community and reframe these
complicated questions to benefit musicians and citizens.
Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN)
FCC Commissioner Michael Copps
panelists already confirmed
...including Danny Goldberg (Chairman and CEO, Artemis Records),
Janeane Garofalo (Actor and Comedian), Mike Dreese (Newbury Comics),
Kim Coletta (Desoto Records and band Jawbox), Gigi Sohn (President,
Public Knowledge), Derek Sivers (CD Baby), William Terry Fisher
(Professor of Law, Harvard Law School), Ann Chaitovitz (Director
of Sound Recordings, AFTRA), Thomas Frank (Author and Editor, The
Baffler), Ron Gertz (President and CEO, Music Reports), Seth Hurwitz
(9:30 Club), Dave Meinert (PNW Chapter of Recording Academy, Owner/President
of Blue Team Management), John Nichols (Writer, The Nation), Tim
Quirk (Executive Editor, Music, Real Networks and band Too Much
Joy), John Simson (Executive Director, SoundExchange), Koleman Strumpf
(Department of Economics, UNC), Siva Vaidhyanathan (NYU)...with
many more to be announced!
And MTV Ink New Deal For Independent Music
UK and European independent record sectors are delighted that Video
Performance Limited and MTV Networks Europe have agreed a new three
year deal for the independents.
both preserves the principle of collective licensing, so crucial
to the independent sector, achieves fair value for the use of videos,
and gives MTV unlimited access to one of the greatest music video
libraries in the world. Thousands of companies will be delighted
to learn that the deal has been struck on behalf of all VPL members,
with the larger companies demonstrating solidarity for the whole
sector throughout the last few months.
details of the deal remain confidential to VPL and MTV, but after
the very public dispute, many companies have openly expressed their
satisfaction that MTV decided to return to the negotiating table
last Thursday, after a press conference organised by independents
at the Royal Society for the Arts. Independent record companies
were today celebrating a deal that clearly establishes the value
of the video rights licensed to MTV.
Makers Kicks Off 2004 Independent Music World Series Southeast Showcase
Makers, the nation's leading independent CD manufacturer, is kicking
off the latest installment of the Independent Music World Series
(IMWS), the premier music showcase series for independent musicians.
The Southeast showcase finals will take place at 3rd & Lindsley
on July 22, 2004 and will feature the top six acts as selected by
Billboard Magazine performing for $35,000 in music gear and prizes.
$35,000 prize package features everything independent musicians
need for a career boost including a complete CD manufacturing package,
post-production sweetening, and promotional posters from Disc Makers,
a full array of recording gear and the QS 8.2 Digital Keyboard from
Alesis, a complete set of DJ gear from Numark, professional Shure
microphones, Fender guitars and amplifiers, a 5-piece drum kit from
DW Drums, EXL110 Electric Guitar Strings and EXL170 Electric Bass
Strings from D'Addario, a free copy of METAJAM from Broadjam, Remo
drumheads, a Sabian cymbal package, a one year membership to TAXI,
and one year of web hosting from CD Baby. Additional event partners
include Music 123, XM Satellite Radio, and Nashville Scene.
are delighted to again join forces with our sponsors to help promote
indie artists in the Southeast," says Tony van Veen, Vice President
of Sales & Marketing at Disc Makers. "These artists keep the music
industry energized and thriving. The IMWS is one of the ways we
at Disc Makers recognize their talent and effort, and reward the
artists for their hard work."
And Sound Pollution Presents Metal And Hard Rock Music Videos On
The Web And On Mobile Phones
seals licence agreement with Sound Pollution to stream the cream
of the Music Videos represented by Sound Pollution over the Web
and to offer Music Videos as downloads over mobile 3G networks.
Europe's original and biggest music video destination on-line has
signed a licence agreement with Sound Pollution on behalf of some
of the international independent record labels that Sound Pollution
represents in Scandinavia. The deal will see Musicbrigade stream
videos over the web and offer as downloads over mobiles from labels
such as Nuclear Blast and Sound Pollution, offering the music videos
by such rock acts like In Flames, Edguy and many more.
based Musicbrigade already has agreements in place with EMI/Virgin,
Universal and Zomba as well as the majority of the UK independent
labels, through VPL, and can today boast almost 5,000 music videos
- easily the largest on-line archive of music videos in Europe.
In addition, Musicbrigade has already offered more than 250 music
video titles for downloads over mobile 3G network through the operator
European Music Office In New York City
European Music Office, in conjunction with many European music promotion
organizations, has initiated a project designed to "pre-figure"
a future European Music office based in NYC, with the support of
the European Union.
of the action aim at widening the knowledge of the European cultural
operators in the US market and creating an information contact point
facilitating the development of European music in the US. This will
be accomplished through an on-going study of the market and an aggregated
database of key US contacts in various fields of the music and related
media businesses. The office will perform services for the immediate
priorities of the participating promotion organizations.
office eventually will propose its services to all the national
music promotion organizations based in Europe, with constituents
including record labels, publishers, organizations, managers and
most other music related businesses.
project will be directed in the US by Robert Singerman, a 25 year
veteran in developing US and international artists and companies,
in association with the European Music Office and the many organizations.
Singerman, using the services of Miriam Lockshin and other internationally
known experts in the US music business, will identify and establish
a pool of consultants to be available for consultancy work for European
Music professionals, upon requests of the European national music
Liqueur & INgrooves Join Forces To Serve-Up The Best In Digital
Music And Lifestyle
Hill Distilleries, producers of HPNOTIQ Liqueur, on March 31 announced
an innovative music marketing partnership with INgrooves, a premier
digital music label with a vast catalogue of Dance & Electronic
content. The partnership aims to establish the HPNOTIQ brand with
the trend-setting digital music culture.
the arrangement, the hottest brand in the distilled spirits industry
and most innovative digital music provider will deliver digital
music from featured INgrooves artists to HPNOTIQ consumers via a
customized music downloading interface on www.HPNOTIQ.com and at
national and co-sponsored major Dance & Electronic music events.
artists and musicians are masters of inspiring emotion through music,"
said David Salmon, HPNOTIQ brand director of sales. "The HPNOTIQ/INgrooves
partnership captures the five senses -- sight, sound, taste, touch
and smell -- and is a great match for the brand's fun and approachable
Music Festival Presents Contemporary Music Productions From Austria
Austrian Cultural Forum and mica-music information center austria
proudly present the second edition of moving patterns, a festival
dedicated to the phenomenon of Vienna Electronica from April 23-28,
2004, in New York City. The six-evening program is packed with concerts,
DJ parties, and screenings and will present stars and world-renowned
icons from various disciplines - avant-garde, rock, pop, and electronic
music. It will show how generally valid statements have emerged
from initial experiments.
program will highlight the following artists:
Hans Platzgumer, guitarist, rocker, and aficionado of electronic
music presenting his new project with German digital wizard e.stonji;
* dZihan&Kamien, founders of the Couch label and lounge experts
who most recently performed with a big orchestra;
* Sofa Surfer Michael Holzgruber;
* Wolfgang Schlogl aka I-Wolf, another Sofa Surfer, who recently
produced an album with a strong pop bent;
* the great Dance DJ Electric Indigo, a label and network initiator;
* Troyer, who has been praised profusely by many experts;
* exclusive collaborations such as stellar trumpeter Franz Hautzinger
and New York legend Phill Niblock;
* a trio consisting of Patrick Pulsinger, founder of the Cheap label,
bassist Werner Dafeldecker, and the outstanding Hans-Joachim Roedelius;
* Klaus Filip, programmer of underground freeware instruments in
collaboration with New York artist o.blaat;
* avant-garde musician Dieter Kaufmann, without whom we could not
imagine Vienna Electronica in its present form;
* and the transcontinental cooperation of Gameboy Music Clubbers,
who have been branded as "chip musicians."
Music Network Announces Jobs Site
Film Music Network announces the launch of www.FilmMusicJobs.com,
a new online web service with current industry job listings for
composers, songwriters, bands and more. Current job listing categories
Film & TV Composers Needed for Film & TV Productions
* Songs / Music Needed to License for Film & TV Productions
* Assistantship and Internship Opportunities
* Music Supervisors Needed
job listings, updated daily and open to members of the Film Music
Network, feature a wide variety of industry opportunities - most
for film and television projects seeking personnel immediately.
was designed as a quick way for our members and the industry to
see a comprehensive list of current job openings we provide to our
members. With daily updates and the ability for our members to submit
music directly to those seeking music, we're looking forward to
expanding our job services even more in the coming months," said
composer and Film Music Network founder Mark Northam.
by the MusicDish
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