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New survey documents independent labels’ experiences with the DMCA.
A new study confirms that independent labels face challenges in dealing with unauthorized uses of their sound recordings.
The study, conducted by A2IM (American Association of Independent Music) and Future of Music Coalition (FMC) asked independent labels, large and small, about their experiences with the notice and takedown system. Based on the responses to that survey:
“Thanks to the Future of Music Coalition for compiling this revealing survey and to our label members for completing it,” said Richard James Burgess, CEO of A2IM. “Sadly, the survey confirms that independent labels are significantly harmed by the unauthorized online use of their music and the unnecessarily tortuous notice and takedown process.”
“Independent labels play a crucial role in the careers of artists of every genre; many are run by musicians themselves.” said Dick Huey, interim Executive Director of FMC. “As policymakers weigh changes to copyright law, the unique needs of the independent sector and all the diverse music communities they serve must be a central consideration.”
The full survey report can be downloaded here: http://www.futureofmusic.org/sites/default/files/Section512study.pdf and was submitted to the US Copyright Office as part of their study of Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
A2IM (American Association of Independent Music) is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization representing a diverse group of over 430 Independently owned American record labels. A2IM helps Independent music labels improve business by promoting access and parity through advocacy, education and connection-building with one another and affiliated businesses.
About Future of Music Coalition:
Future of Music Coalition (FMC) is a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization supporting a musical ecosystem where artists flourish and are compensated fairly and transparently for their work. FMC works with musicians, composers and industry stakeholders to identify solutions to shared challenges. We promote strategies, policies, technologies and educational initiatives that always put artists first while recognizing the role music fans play in shaping the future.
Contact for Future of Music Coalition: Kevin Erickson, firstname.lastname@example.org 202.822.2051
Contact for A2IM: Dawn Kamerling, The Press House, email@example.com 646.322.4903