Keeping music open

I’ve hit upon one of those hyperlink chains where one tweet leads to a web page that leads to another web page and suddenly there’s a whole stream of interesting tidbits that I need to follow up on.

  • Cory Doctorow has written a piece in the Guardian about a worrisome proposal before the EU: to extend the term of copyright on existing sound recordings from 50 to 95 years. Cory’s right that this is bad for fans and for safeguarding recordings, useless for most artists, and only good for lining the pockets of corporate rights-holders. Those rights-holders are lobbying for this proposal. UK and other European music-lovers should write to their MEPs about opposing it tomorrow.
  • Open Music Media is “a group that gets together once a month to discuss, explore and shape the future of digital music and media. The group is open to anyone. No vested interests, no closed doors and no agendas other than to bring like-minded individuals together. All you need to bring is an open mind, open ears and a passion for the topics discussed.” Read their blog here, join their meetups here (I can’t make the next one – I’m going to a gig! – but may try to join in the future), and follow them on Twitter here.
  • SongKick is a new London-developed tool that suggests concerts based on your listening habits, finds and tracks artists you like on tour, has links to buy tickets and probably more. I’m just looking into it. Founder Ian Hogarth will be speaking at the next Open Music Media event.