Yesterday, a US bill that was written partially by Invisible Children was passed in Congress and will be hitting President Obama's desk in the next couple of days. Invisible Children would like to thank all of the fans and bands that took action.
Today is Human Rights Day, and our friends at Causecast have asked us to draw attention to Aung San Suu Kyi. A Nobel Peace Prize winner, she has stood up against a corrupt regime in Burma that has been ruling by force for twenty years, and has kept her under house-arrest for 13 of the past 18 years; preventing her from taking her democratically appointed office. She has made a call for individuals to write freedom songs in response. You may submit yours to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rage Against the Machine will be playing a show on September 3rd at the Target Center in Minneapolis during the Republican National Convention. It is not clear what, if any, political overtones the show will take on.
Tom Scholz (Boston) wants Mike Huckabee to stop using "More Than a Feeling" in his campaign, since Huckabee "is the polar opposite of most everything Boston stands for" and Scholz is "an Obama supporter."
Earlier today, the courts denied the emergency stay in the internet radio case. Unless Congress acts by July 15th, the new royalty rates will begin taking affect. Many in the online music world are urging you to call your senators and representatives and to urge them to support the Internet Equality Act. Go here to find the phone numbers for your Senators and Representative. Find out all of the information here.
This will be a busy week in the House -- Congress goes into summer recess Friday, but not before considering the Section 115 Reform Act of 2006 (SIRA). Never heard of SIRA? That’s the way Big Copyright and their lackey’s want it, and it's bad news for you.
Simply put, SIRA fundamentally redefines copyright and fair use in the digital world. It would require all incidental copies of music to be licensed separately from the originating copy. Even copies of songs that are cached in your computer's memory or buffered over a network would need yet another license. Once again, Big Copyright is looking for a way to double-dip into your wallet, extracting payment for the same content at...
In case you were wondering, Every Time I Diedoesn't likePanic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy, Ja Rule, or The Killers, but does in fact like My Chemical Romance.
"All these bands are just not even doing anything worthy of recognition. The problem is, those bands like that, they appeal to the lowest common denominator, but the lowest common denominator is the majority right now."--Buckley, ETID
Bright Eyes, Michael Stipe of REM, Rufus Wainwright, Fischerspooner, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Devendra Banhart and Peaches will be playing at "Bring 'Em Home Now", a March 20th show in New York at the Hammerstein Ballroom, linked to the third anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War. The show will also be featuring a speech from activist Cindy Sheehan. Proceeds benefit Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace.