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August 16, 2004
Future of Music Coalition on the INDUCE Act
Somehow I missed this earlier, but better late than never, here is the FMC's August 4 letter to the Senate about the INDUCE act. FMC points out that musicians are stakeholders in the decision how to respond to infringement and arguable fair uses of copyrighted recordings, and the RIAA does not speak for all recording artists. Recording artists have varying perspectives on peer-to-peer, but even those who feel they lose sales from file sharing do not necessarily support the INDUCE act or the RIAA's tactics, such as "blacklisting" companies that do business with peer-to-peer services. Many are concerned that the INDUCE act overreacts to the reality of file sharing and could, in the process preventing the development of innovative business models for music distribution that could help many recording arts. The letter highlights the amazing growth and diversity of legal digital music distribution services and expresses optimism about the future of music. This is familiar ground, but senators need reminding that the major labels and recording artists have distinct and often opposing interests and that the artists are often closer allied with the consumers who listen to their work.
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