Future of music coalition: "america’s music industry has failed."
Upset in washington: catholic high school disinvited shawn fanning and his teach-in team at short notice – allegedly due to prere from the riaa. Musicians now fear that through such conflicts the actually crucial aspects of tomorrow could be drowned out.
Actually, everything could have been like this already: thousands of napster fans are expected in washington already today. In the evening, they wanted to offer them a teach-in with napster founder shawn fanning at the catholic high school in best civil rights tradition, in order to show massive presence tomorrow at the meeting of the us senate judiciary committee. Even though it is not clear how many file-sharing users are actually interested in senate affairs, the "march on washington" the exchange borse already wonderful publicity.
Now the catholic university put a spoke in napster’s wheel. There will be no teach-in on their premises. Official reasoning: the rules of the university require a balanced presentation at such events. Napster, however, apparently had no interest in letting anyone from the music industry have their say. Napster fans, however, are not willing to accept this and believe that the recording industry association of america has put prere on the university management to prevent the event. So that shawn fanning’s fans don’t have to do without the words of their favorite nerd, napster has rented the ronald reagan trade center without further ado.
"America’s music industry has failed."
How much there really is to the forced disinvitation is hard to judge. What is certain is that napster is thus once again dominating the headlines. Actually, a hearing of the justice committee is scheduled for tomorrow under the gentle title of "online entertainment and copyright law: coming soon to a digital device near you" to review the effectiveness of legal frameworks such as the digital millennium copyright act and adjust them later if necessary. But this has long become a napster event. Even musicians friendly to the file-sharing bureau are not entirely comfortable with this effect. They fear that the complexity of the matter is being reduced to too few people and programs.
According to the future of music coalition, this is compounded by the fact that the black-and-white narrative of today’s music business is often not so far from reality. In a preliminary statement to tomorrow’s hearing, the musicians’ association declares:
"Any serious examination of the digital future of downloadable music must take into account the fact that america’s music industry has essentially failed."
Only one percent of albums released by major record companies sell more than 10,000 copies. Most musicians thus remained below the profit line and were forced to repay the advances handed out to them and to work off muhsam. But this bitter reality is an excuse for many not to pay musicians adequately, even in the new media:
"If the average teenager believes that his favorite band does not get paid for their performance, it gives him an excuse to use file-sharing services that have no mechanism to pay musicians at all."
Musicians’ association victim of the napster effect
The future of music coalition therefore calls on legislators to be vigilant: every court decision, every deal must be examined for its impact on musicians. To provide them with new revenue streams, musicians should have the right to reie their discontinued records on their own on the internet. In addition, the future of music coalition calls for a fair distribution of the royalties generated by streaming media services. Under no circumstances were these allowed to be collected by a record company controlled organization such as sound exchange (see also: exchange sound exchange). Finally, there must be exceptions to licensing fees for non-commercial internet offerings, so that the network is not dominated solely by format radio stations.
As important as these demands may be: the future of music coalition will apparently itself be a victim of the napster effect tomorrow. The musicians of the association will not have the opportunity to present these demands in person. At the moment, it looks like the committee’s chairman, senator orrin g. Hatch rather an all-star line-up planned for the hearing. Among others, napster ceo hank barry, emi records ceo ken berry, don henley as a founding member of the recording artists coalition, liquid audio ceo gerry kearby, former time warner president and current aoltw coo richard parsons, michael robertson of mp3.Com, riaa president hillary rosen and jack valenti as head of the motion picture association of america.
Last year hatch had already organized a similar hearing with a star-studded cast. It was the first time that the opponents of napster, the riaa and metallica faced each other directly.