The Devil in the Details of the DMCA: c3’s Education Initiative

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Understanding the complex issues that artists face in the digital landscape is nearly a full-time job. Data is often scattered and intentionally vague and finding the information to be unbiased and clear is another set of hurdles, not to mention how fast the facts are changing.

One of the most significant challenges I ran into when I began working with c3 was asking artists to advocate for themselves by speaking on these issues to their representatives or other artists. Nearly all artists had the desire to communicate about these issues, but that desire was often extinguished by the inability to articulate the complicated ways in which many outdated laws work against them. Suffice it to say; we didn’t have an artist problem; we had an education problem.

In early 2017 we began the process of creating a free education program with the intention of laying out clear, concise, unbiased information for artists in a tolerable amount of time (an hour or under) starting with section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act- a grossly outdated piece of legislation written in 1998 and in desperate need of reform.

From there, our program has grown, and we are so proud to continue to offer our DMCA class (mark your calendars for this July 18th if you are in Nashville, and if you are not in Nashville, no worries, we plan on taking these classes to other cities and online soon).

Along with the DMCA class, we will continue to offer our class on sync licensing taught by Carter Little. We are also very excited to announce a new addition to our education program; ‘Songs; Where the Money Comes From or Doesn’t’ a class developed and taught by Erin McAnally.

Erin’s class is our most comprehensive yet on the business of music and how artists do or do not get paid woven with historical context as well as overviews of what is happening for artists on Capitol Hill. Stay tuned to our social media for the date of Erin’s August class.

Working musicians in 2018 are routinely expected to not only create and perform but also be their own manager, publicist, PA and then tie it all together for their social media- those are enough full-time jobs. We hope that our education program will bring clear and unbiased information to artists, for free, in a palatable and effective way so that artists can continue to advocate for themselves. We hope to see you at our next class.

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