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Video: Grassroots Advocacy Panel at University of Georgia Terry College Artists Rights Symposium Jan 23 2018 

  The UGA Terry College Music Business Certificate Program hosted an Artists’ Rights Symposium Jan 22-23 2018.  Over 250 people attended the symposium. Above is the video of the Grassroots Artists Advocacy Panel. An Overview of the State of Grassroots Artists’ Rights Advocacy Mala Sharma, Georgia Music Partners Blake Morgan, Performer, #IRespectMusic Miranda Mullholland, Performer, … Continue reading

Barf. Just Barf. 

David Israelite of the NMPA and Mitch Glazier of the RIAA  have penned an op-ed for Variety Magazine, in which they extoll the virtues of various copyright reform proposals before congress.  While I agree with them about the Classics Act (fixes pre-1972 loophole)  AMP act (helps producers/engineers receive royalties from digital royalty streams) every day … Continue reading

RIPE is the FIFA of the Internet and it Enables Europe’s Internet Crime 

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Guest Post by @schneidermaria: An Open Letter to David Israelite of the NMPA, and Anyone Interested in the Music Modernization Act 

Dear Mr. Israelite, I received your point-by-point response that you apparently shared with legislators and interested persons in response to my 10-point critique of the MMA. Thank you for your perspective. Perspective is important. But in my opinion, your letter contains misdirection, many important omissions, and inaccuracies. I explain this below, and in much greater … Continue reading

@CISACNews: Copyright “safe harbours” distort digital market, profit tech giants and harm creators, new economic study finds 

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