MusicDish e-Journal - November 17, 2017
MusicDish Advertising Network
» HOME » INSIDER SCOOP » CAREER TIPS » MUSIC SPOTLIGHT » MUSICDISH*CHINA
» INDUSTRY INTERVIEWS » NEWS BEAT » DIGITAL SKOOL » OPEN REVIEW » MUSICDISH EDELWEISS
Search MusicDish e-Journal (Advanced)
Subscribe To MusicDish e-Journal
About | Contact | Advertise | RSS | Submit Article | Submit News | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution
Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network

Sole Source Licensing For Indies?
By Dick Metcalf
(more articles from this author)
2000-10-23
Comment | Email | Print | RSS

As "Uncle Frank" (Zappa) used to sing, "The Torture Never Stops." Those who have been following articles here will realize that the technology for making artists truly independent is already here and being employed in more unique ways than we could ever have imagined (just) 5 years ago.  If the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) and NMPA (National Music Publishers Association, Inc) have their way, things will stay pretty much "status quo!"

In an October 12, 2000 press release, the RIAA announced "that it has launched a new project to develop a standardized system for identifying digital files of sound recordings." I don't believe that anyone would argue that artists need better ways to collect revenues from sales, distribution and performance/airplay of their digital product (not this artist, anyway), but tend to agree with the folks at The Future Of Music Coalition (FMC), who said in their own press release, on October 16th, that the U.S. Copyright Office (as well as artists, I assume) need "to be wary of efforts by the RIAA to establish themselves as the sole and exclusive collection agent for digital performance royalties for sound recordings."  Wary indeed!

Since I've been associated with U.S. Government systems for so long (around 30 years total), it's clear to me that this is just another case of legislation failing to catch up with technology.  If we were to leave it to (just) RIAA and/or NMPA, it would become another "sinkhole" for legalisms, & artists would never realize any benefit from it.

FMC's executive director, Jenny Toomey, referring to the leader of the RIAA's effort (John Simson), stated that ""we simply do not see how the RIAA could be successful in simultaneously representing artists and independent labels at the same time that it is a trade organization for the major record labels. We have already been contacted by artists and smaller labels who have expressed concern about a proposed government policy that could concentrate extraordinary power in one sector of the private economy. The RIAA is not the entire music industry, it is funded by and solely represents the interests of the five major record labels."  FMC has proposed a third-party collective that would be entrusted with the task of collecting Digital Performance Royalties for Sound Recordings and other monies for parties other than the five major recording labels.

When you stop and think about it, what is really needed is a digital means for the artist to collect their royalties directly, without the potential for any group to control distribution of those funds, and it's already here.  Earlier articles about technology from Gotchaport.com (and others) that will permit the artist to "wrap" each digitized tune with permissions layers for play and record.  An additional layer could be embedded that automatically billed anyone who aired the tune.  This might entail some additional work on the artists' part, since there would probably need to be a "release" version and an "airplay" version of each tune... but it would be time well spent for the artist!  Ultimately, it would be what independent artists have dreamed of for years... the ability to control their own music!

It remains to be seen, of course, if organizations like FMC can help turn the tide "for" the artist!  We will continue to bring you the latest in the "Sole Source Wars."  Stay tuned!

Linkography

Gotchaport -  www.gotchaport.com
NMPA - www.nmpa.org
RIAA - www.riaa.com
FMC - www.futureofmusic.org

Related MusicDish e-Journal Articles:
» Now You Can 'Lend' Your Music Out (2000-10-18)

Related News from Mi2N:
» FUTURE OF MUSIC COALITION "WARY" OF RIAA PRO INITIATIVE AND PROPOSES INDEPENDENT PERFORMING RIGHTS ORGANIZATION
» RIAA Announces Effort To Develop New ID System For Sound Recordings


Home » News Beat » Sole Source Licensing For Indies?
Permalink:http://www.musicdish.com/mag/?id=2151
Email |Print |Comment |RSS

back | top


MusicDish Advertising Network

News Beat

» Women Make An Impact On The 2018 MPG Awards Shortlist

» Two-Sides of Copyright Finance: Sound Royalties & Kobalt

» Career Moves: ROLI, Live Nation Sweden, Music Glue, BBR Music Group, Warner/Chappell Music Spain & Blue Night Soundscapes

» Europe's Digital Music Leaders Form Alliance

» Deezer Becomes Miami Dolphins' Official Music Partner

News Beat Directory



» [2017-11-13] Women Make An Impact On The 2018 MPG Awards Shortlist; Nearly A Quarter Of Those Named This Year Are Female, Proving That Music Production Is No Longer A Bastion For The Boys

» [2017-11-13] The Nashville Musicians Sound Healthcare Plan Rolls Out; Sound Healthcare & Financial Announced The Formation Of A True Group Health Insurance Policy Plan For Musicians And Industry Professionals

» [2017-11-09] Streaming & Listening Diversity - Spotify Case Study; Will Artists Have An Easier Time Finding An Audience, Or Will Streaming Focus Global Attention On A Small Number Of Stars?

» [2017-11-09] Two-Sides Of Copyright Finance: Sound Royalties & Kobalt; Sound Royalties Unearths Millions In Undistributed Royalties While Kobalt Launches Fund To Invest In Music Copyright

» [2017-11-08] Career Moves: ROLI, Live Nation Sweden, Music Glue, BBR Music Group, Warner/Chappell Music Spain & Blue Night Soundscapes; ROLI Chief Creative Officer, Live Nation Sweden Managing Directors, Music Glue Global Head Of Business Development, BBR Music Group VP Of International, Warner/Chappell Music Spain Managing Director And Blue Night Director Of Music Clearance

» [2017-11-08] Europe's Digital Music Leaders Form Alliance; European Digital Music Companies Launch Of Digital Music Europe

» [2017-11-05] Pandora Subscriber Base Grows To Over 5 Million; Pandora Premium Paid Subscribers Cross The 1 Million Milestone In October 2017

» [2017-11-05] Hybrid Studios Announces Online Mastering Services; Engineers Billy Klein And Brian Frederick Spearhead New Online Mastering Effort Through OC Studio

» [2017-11-05] Music Industry Betting On VR & AR For New Revenue; The Music Industry Is Making An Early Bet On VR & AR To Create New Revenue Streams Across All Their Lines Of Business

» [2017-11-04] Sound Royalties Unearths Millions In Undistributed Royalties; Nearly $14 Million In Undistributed Royalties Has Been Found By Music-focused Finance Firm Sound Royalties

» [2017-11-02] MusicDish*China October China Label Music Releases And Charts; Several Tracks From October Releases Have Charted On Chinese Music Portal Kanjian ING Top 10 Weekly Chart

» [2017-11-01] Deezer Becomes Miami Dolphins' Official Music Partner; Deezer's Flirtation With The Sports World Appears To Have Just Begun
MusicDish Advertising Network

follow MusicDish on
Follow MusicDish on Twitter

Mi2N Music PR

LOVE MY COUNTRY! Is The Ultimate Compilation Series Featuring 20 Hot New Hits

Getting Restless

Your Favorite Color Releases "Heartache"

Melvin Alan Album "Wonderful Life"

Jean Louisa Kelly Presents A Personal Collection Of Songs From The American Standards And Musical Theater

halie and the moon Signs Distribution Deal For Asia With JVC Kenwood Victor Entertainment

Deadline Looms - The 14th Annual Acoustic Music Awards



Websites: Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network
Services: Submit Article | Submit News | Submit Video | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution

Copyright © 1997-2017 MusicDish LLC., all rights reserved.
About MusicDish e-Journal | Contact Us | Advertise | RSS | Internships