I’ve received hundreds of e-mails enthusiastically reacting to my “call to action” at the National Association of Recording Merchandisers convention last month. The music business is facing huge challenges from piracy and theft. Never before in American history has an entire industry been so decimated by illegal behavior. Yet the government has not responded in a meaningful way to help us address this crisis. My call to action is for all of us to become more aggressive in lobbying our government, more outspoken in drawing attention to the problems caused by piracy and more actively engaged. We cannot win this fight alone.
Governments outside the U.S. are legislating, regulating and playing a prominent role in discussions with ISPs (Internet Service Providers). Sales have dramatically improved in these countries. How is it that the U.S. – with the most successful music community in the world – is not keeping up with places like South Korea, France, the UK and New Zealand?
As I said in my speech, I hope that the industry can negotiate a voluntary deal with the ISPs. We need our government representatives to encourage this. But whether or not we reach a deal with the ISPs, our government needs to know that we’ve got a piracy problem and we need real solutions. To accomplish this, our government needs to hear from all of us, so they know that their constituents are out here. Join me in calling on our elected officials to fight piracy. Please help by forwarding this email to your colleagues, friends– everyone who loves music. And consider enlisting your entire company to help in this fight. Then by clicking on the link below a message will be sent to your representatives in Washington. Help us launch a viral campaign to cut off access to the online sites that are used to steal our music, our property and our jobs. It only takes a second but it can make a tremendous impact.
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what i know today is a little more than i knew yesterday -
- Justin Pierre (Motion City Sdtk) has joined the cast of Godkiller, a dark animated film that has already cast Davey Havok (AFI) and Lydia Lunch as well as some of horror's biggest names.
- Brad Laner will release his second solo album, Natural Selections on Aug. 24 (Hometapes) - if you recognize the name, it may be because Laner is a former member of Medicine and Electric Company.
- NPR has added a new music app for your phone
- yesterday I mentioned Adam Young's new SkySailing album, well, fans of Owl City can rest easy there's more Owl City on the way as well
- Hey Monday to release Beneath it All on Aug. 17 (Decaydence/Columbia). the band is streaming "Wish You Were Here" on their website and has a big preorder up for the new album
- Kid Cudi's short film from the Three Artists One Song converse project is now available
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