Feb 24 2024

US Patent and Trademark Office To Hold a Public Listening Session on AI and IP

The US Patent and Trademark Office announcement, will be holding a public listening session on AI and IP, including copyright, at Loyola Law School in LA, on March 27 (both in person and remotely). The session will include representation from the Copyright Office and feature panel discussions by experts in the field of patent, trademark, and copyright law that focus on:

  • a comparison of copyright and patent law approaches to the type and level of human contribution needed to satisfy authorship and inventorship requirements;
  • ongoing copyright litigation involving generative AI; and
  • a discussion of laws and policy considerations surrounding name, image, and likeness (NIL) issues, including the intersection of NIL and generative AI.

For more information about PTO’s work with stakeholders on AI, see its AI and Emerging Technology Events page.

The National Music Council weighed in on the International Property Organization (WIPO) Intergovernmental Committee (“IGC”) discussions on traditional cultural expressions. Read the full comments here.

Feb 24 2024

NMC Supports the Reimagining Inclusive Arts Education Act

The Reimagining Inclusive Arts Education Act, introduced by David Scott (GA-13) seeks to increase access to arts education and arts therapies for students with disabilities. Recognizing the benefits of arts education for children with disabilities, this legislation would provide grants to further train educators and arts therapists working with those students. Specifically, this legislation would;

  • Direct the Secretary of Education to establish the Inclusive Arts Education Grant Program
    • Eligible Entities for Funding: Local Education Agencies (LEAs), State Education Agencies (SEAs), or a partnership between an LEA/SEA and an Institution of Higher Education or Non-Profit Organizations
      • Priority: Schools receiving Title I funds are given priority in the grant application process.
    • Eligible uses of grant funding:
      • Promoting curricula, best practices, professional development for arts educators and creative arts therapists in elementary and secondary schools that would;
        • Increase access and improve inclusion of children with disabilities in arts education programs.
        • Adapt classroom materials and lessons to accommodate children with disabilities.
  • Provide a definition of “Creative Arts Therapy” that specifically enumerates music as an available medium and highlights the social and emotional benefits of the arts.

Full text of the bill can be accessed here

Feb 24 2024

Contact Your Congress Members to Support the No AI FRAUD Act

On January 10, 2024, Reps. María Elvira Salazar (R-FL) and Madeleine Dean (D-PA) introduced the No Artificial Intelligence Fake Replicas And Unauthorized Duplications (No AI FRAUD) Act. The bill establishes a federal framework to protect Americans’ individual right to their likeness and voice against AI-generated fakes and forgeries.

The No AI FRAUD Act establishes a federal solution with baseline protections for all Americans by:

  • Reaffirming that everyone’s likeness and voice is protected, giving individuals the right to control the use of their identifying characteristics;
  • Empowering individuals to enforce this right against those who facilitate, create, and  spread AI frauds without their permission; and
  • Balancing the rights against First Amendment protections to safeguard speech and innovation.

Nearly 300 artists, songwriters, actors and other creators have voiced their support of the No AI FRAUD Act.

To send an email to your officials voicing your support, visit the Human Artistry Campaign’s “Contact Congress Portal.”

Feb 23 2024

Comments Of The National Music Council Regarding WIPO IGC Negotiations on Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge

Mar 28 2022

New World Trade Agreement Will Continue to Protect Music Creators

The National Music Council of the United States, along with its music community colleagues, is extremely gratified that its efforts to curb the illegitimate expansion of the fair use doctrine in various foreign nations during the global pandemic have met with success! The United States Trade Representative and the Biden Administration has heard our voices, and responded by ensuring that while massive global efforts to fight COVID-19 must and will continue unabated and at full speed, those actions cannot be permitted to lead to the gutting of global copyright protections for no valid reason.

Final wording of the joint agreement, which further delineates Covid-19 exemptions to the TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) Agreement of the World Trade Organization (WTO), are still being worked out. The Trips Agreement establishes minimum standards of protection that each government has to give to the IP of fellow WTO members. The new agreement will continue to narrowly define Covid-based, fair-use exemptions for unauthorized copyright uses, consistent with the strict, general limits currently in place.

Nov 24 2021

November is Music Fairness Awareness Month: NMC Call to Action

Mar 22 2021

SIGN THE PLEDGE – Arts ARE Education

Mar 22 2020

Action Alert: Request Coronavirus Arts Relief from Congress

The coronavirus has already had a devastating economic impact on America’s nonprofit arts sector. Financial losses to date are estimated to be $3.2 billion. Since January 20th, cancellations and closings have been reported in thousands of communities spanning all 50 states. In order to support the sector at this vital time, REQUEST THAT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS include $4 billion—to be distributed though the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) — to help offset the losses of the nonprofit arts industry, and expand eligibility through additional federal programs to ensure artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in the creative economy can utilize business interruption relief.

Mar 21 2020

National Music Council Endorses NFHS/NAfME Understanding Copyright and Compliance Course

Using copyrighted materials is a complicated, but necessary ingredient in education. With recent lawsuits to schools topping $9 million it’s important to understand copyright compliance for the music classroom. With assistance and endorsement from the National Music Council, a copyright compliance education course has been developed by NMC members NAfME and NFHS.

This helpful course was designed by the NFHS and NAfME to explain what copyright means and when there may be exceptions. It discusses Fair Use, when a piece of music might be in the Public Domain, copyright infringement penalties, and much more. This unique course has been designed for the specific needs of Music Teachers, Spirit Coaches, School Administrators, Theatre Directors, and Speech/Debate

By completing this course, teachers and administrators can earn Continuing Education Units for recertification within their state.

Click HERE to take this FREE course

Click here to listen to copyright expert Alan Greiner talk about copyright compliance and why it’s soimportant.

Apr 25 2018

Join us in celebrating the 2018 Music In Our Schools Month®!

As we move into March, NAfME will be holding its 33rd annual Music In Our Schools Month® celebration.

This year’s theme is “Music Connects Us.” We encourage you to show how music connects you by sharing videos and photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Be sure to use this year’s hashtags #MIOSM and #MusicConnectsUs in order to solidify our united “trending” voice, and tag @NAfME so that we can highlight your posts.