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In the news this week is President Obama's appointment of Victoria Espinel as the new Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, or as she'll likely be known, IP Czar. Jim and Greg talk to Michael Bracy, the Policy Director at the Future of Music Coalition, about this appointment. Bracy gets the sense that Espinel stands pretty safely down the middle of copyright issues and believes the Obama administration is more concerned with access to internet and competition. He explains that until a legitimate digital media marketplace fully evolves, it remains to be seen how copyright laws should be changed and approached differently in the courts. Bracy and the folks at the FMC will be continuing discussions on this topic and more at their annual summit this weekend in Washington D.C.

One of the biggest music releases this year is actually not an album, but a video game. The Beatles: Rock Band was released to much hype and acclaim last month. Since the release of Guitar Hero in 2005, and then Rock Band in 2007, $3 billion worth of these games have been sold. It's a successful new revenue stream for an industry in dire need of a boost. Jim and Greg have been critical of games like this before on Sound Opinions. They wonder where the music fits in and suggest that perhaps music fans would be better off playing actual music. But there's a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest that games like Rock Band encourage kids to learn music. Jim and Greg discuss these pros and cons with Greg LoPiccolo, one of the brains behind Guitar Hero and Rock Band. As the Vice President of Product Development at Harmonix, LoPiccolo was involved with bringing The Beatles on board.

Go to episode 201

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Last week a federal appeals court ruled that the FCC has limited power for web traffic under current law. This decision was the result of Comcast's decision to slow its customers' access to and will have a major impact on other ISP's ability to block or charge for access to specific sites. It has also prompted more debate about net neutrality, or the principle that the web should remain open and unrestricted for all. Jim and Greg talk to Michael Bracy, policy director of the Future of Music Coalition, about how the FCC will need to move forward if it wants to protect an open Internet.

Go to episode 229

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In the music news this week is the announcement that four major radio corporations accused of practicing payola have agreed to a settlement with the FCC. In addition to paying the government $12.5 million, they will provide free commercial radio airtime for independent labels and local artists. Jim and Greg talk to Jenny Toomey and Michael Bracy of the Future of Music Coalition about the settlement and whether this will actually make a dent in payola. Both Toomey and Bracy admit that payola has been around forever, and is part of larger issues the music industry needs to tackle, but they're happy these steps are being taken. Jim and Greg also hear thoughts from the heads of several independent labels. You'll hear from Jim Powers of Minty Fresh Records, Bettina Richards of Thrill Jockey Records and Peter Gordon of Thristy Ear Recordings. Each label head expresses a mix of skepticism and optimism, and speaks to the question of whether or not indie labels even need commercial radio anymore. Jim and Greg get the last word and explain that payola, like a cockroach, will probably find a way to survive.

Go to episode 67