I’ll be speaking on a panel on music copyright reform on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, March 20, from noon-2pm, hosted by the Technology Policy Institute. The primary topic of conversation will be the Music Modernization Act (MMA), the bill that would establish a blanket mechanical license on musical compositions for streaming music services […]

Last Thursday, a working group of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the web standards body, published a Recommendation for two documents related to the Open Digital Rights Language (ODRL), making ODRL an official web standard. From the vantage point of those of us who were involved in this space 10-15 years ago, this would […]

Here are the slides I presented for my keynote speech at the US Patent and Trademark Office’s conference on Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works, January 25, 2018: Video of my talk and the rest of the conference is also available here.

The Music Modernization Act (MMA) has been getting traction in the United States. It was introduced into the Senate two weeks ago, and it has become part of a larger package of music copyright legislation which has become known as the “Music Bus” bill. More and more organizations have announced their support for the MMA. Many […]

An announcement from the startup Dot Blockchain Media a couple of weeks ago heralds an exciting new development in the potential for blockchain technology in the media industry.  Dot Blockchain has partnerships with the New York-based recording artist STOLAR and the indie distributor FUGA. These partnerships enabled Dot Blockchain to take STOLAR’s track “Forget And Feel” and […]

Now that our Copyright and Technology conference is over, I’d like to draw your attention to a public meeting at the United States Patent and Trademark Office next Thursday, January 25th, called Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works. This is a follow-on to a similarly-titled workshop that the USPTO held a year ago. The […]

With our next conference just over a week away, and many people just coming back from the holidays, I thought I’d mention a few things we’re particularly excited about in the agenda for our ninth annual conference: Jonathan Taplin’s keynote. Taplin has had a wide-ranging, Renaissance-Man career in the media business as a musical artist […]

The music industry’s licensing problems just got another proposed governmental solution, with last week’s introduction in Congress of the Music Modernization Act (MMA). The MMA is a bipartisan bill that would provide a blanket mechanical license and set up a collecting society to manage payments to composers and publishers. It aims to solve a particular […]

The earlybird discount for the Copyright and Technology 2018 conference expires tomorrow, December 20. The event will take place on Tuesday January 16 at Fordham Law School’s beautiful new facility near Lincoln Center in west midtown Manhattan.  I’m also pleased to announce that Booxtream, the provider of e-book watermarking  technology, will be a Gold Sponsor, […]

I’m happy to announce that registration for Copyright and Technology 2018 is now live, with earlybird discount through December 20. We also have some exciting new agenda items to announce for our conference on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  In what has become an annual tradition, we will have a presentation of original research in the […]