Sound Opinions recap of the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit

October 11, 2010

By Sound Opinions

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Sound Opinions' Greg Kot attended the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit this week, so he begins the news by reporting back some interesting tidbits. First he heard Intellectual Property "Czar" Victoria Espinel's presentation in which she outlined her 33-point strategy for dealing with internet piracy. She wants the private sector to do more to police illegal activity. But when questioned by Greg, she didn't seem concerned about the fact that 95% of Americans are engaged in illegal internet activity. Greg wonders if we're "back to suing consumers."

Greg also hosted the keynote address featuring T. Bone Burnett. The iconoclastic producer, who is known for his work on the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack and Robert Plant's Raising Sand album, again stood apart from the crowd when he announced that he advises young musicians to stay away from the internet. While this may sound like a luddite talking, Greg explains that Burnett is wisely suggesting that musicians worry more about their art than their distribution. Once that's figured out, everything else comes into place. Read all about Greg's experience at the FMC Summit here. Listen to the recap here: [audio:/sites/default/files/archives/music/2010/10/Sound-Ops-FMC.mp3|titles=Sound Ops FMC]
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