As usual, Henry gives an extremely relevant and literate dissertation on the loss of humanity imposed on us by Big Brother’s youngest sibling, Mark Zuckerberg–the boy who wouldn’t grow up, but who instead created an app for Room 101.
Please listen to T Bone when you have a quiet hour to yourself.
The U.S. Copyright Office has invited the public to comment on potential reforms of the DMCA “safe harbors” and the incomparable T-Bone Burnett delivered this video version of his insightful comments on DMCA abuse. (See also Billboard article on T-Bone’s comment and my 2006 post on MTP, The DMCA is Not An Alibi.) It is important […]
via T-Bone Burnett’s Comments on Reform of the DMCA Safe Harbor — MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY
Google seems to know it has a problem here in Tennessee. That’s why it’s out in the community sponsoring musicians’ workshops, funding “digital inclusion fellowships,” and making big promises about wiring the city with low cost internet – even as local pastors question whether all of our citizens including those in minority communities will get access. And unions question the company’s push for shortcuts and special rules for its projects that will cost us local jobs.
But for music creators, this is all a sideshow, a corporate feel good effort designed to yank our gaze away from the basic facts – Google is putting all its power and might into killing legal reforms artists and songwriters need to survive.
But we still have a voice.
We must continue to urge Congress to reform the DMCA so the next generation of songwriters, artists, and performers can thrive. We must continue to look skeptically at Google’s effort to paper over issues and distract our institutions and communities from its unfair exploitation of our work.
And we must pursue all avenues and remedies in Congress and the courts – like the landmark win on songwriter royalties that rejected the Google-friendly DOJ’s bogus ruling on “fractional” licensing of our work.
Read the post in The Tennesseean
Last week a bunch of artists including Roseanne Cash, David Poe and T Bone Burnett rose up on Capitol Hill to ask for the support of brave Members of Congress for the Fair Play Fair Pay Act–artist pay for radio play. This will require the Members to stand up to Google’s raw lobbying power and the insidious pressure from the National Association of Broadcasters which is either an act of great political courage or political suicide. We won’t know which until the Members take a swing at the bullies.
Here’s the text of T Bone’s speech:
The First Amendment gives us freedom of speech.
For most of us here, that’s at the very core of who we are — the freedom to speak, to sing, to create, to tell stories.
But the First Amendment does more than that — it says all Americans have the right to “petition their government for redress of grievances”.
That’s why we’re here today– from all over the country, from all kinds of music, from all walks of life.
Creators and artists petitioning our government.
Demanding change in a music economy that isn’t working.
Petitioning this Congress to step up and update the obsolete laws that have made such chaos of the business side of music.
Doing what we can to right wrongs that have plagued creators for decades — from the player piano dance halls to today’s infinite cyber jukeboxes.
Reminding the digital entrepreneurs- the iTopians- that they are partners in this brave new music ecosystem — not in charge of it.
Read it on Medium.