WASHINGTON, D.C. –- January 28, 2016 — Today, the Copyright Alliance issued a statement on the recently-released Department of Commerce White Paper on Remixes, First Sale and Statuary Damages.

The Copyright Alliance appreciates the comprehensive and thoughtful discussion of the complex copyright policy issues considered in the White Paper.

According to Copyright Alliance CEO, Keith Kupferschmid, “in crafting copyright policy, we recognize that all interested parties must work together – including creative sectors, technology sectors, user groups and the public – as partners toward the same goal; and our collective goal is a thriving internet ecosystem that incentivizes creators to produce and disseminate new works to the public.” Kupferschmid continued by saying “this partnership should also encourage dynamic innovation and growth for technology companies as they collaborate with creators in making the works available through innovative new legal platforms while benefiting users who are certain to reap the rewards of new creative works offered on new platforms.

lock_sm“We think that many of the conclusions reached and recommendations made in the White Paper published earlier today help advance these goals. The authors of the White Paper did a thorough job soliciting and considering the many different viewpoints voiced by the interested parties, and the final result reflects a broad consensus. In particular, we highlight the White Paper’s discussions of remixes and the first sale defense and endorse its conclusions that the existing provisions in the Copyright Act, in conjunction with new business models, are effectively meeting the changing demands of consumers and that no change in the law is necessary at this time.”

Kupferschmid concluded by saying that “we look forward to working with leaders at the Patent and Trademark Office and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, as well as the other stakeholders, on next steps the Task Force may take.”

The complete White Paper is available for review here.


At the Central Library Branch in Downtown Dallas, there’s one exception to the quiet rule: the 4th Floor Fine Arts Division, where patrons can use turntable listening stations to play vinyl records.

The records come from the library’s collection – 38,000 albums curated over several decades.

Fine Arts Division Manager Heather Lowe says, many people don’t know the collection is there.

“When vinyl started to regain in popularity, no one thought to check their local library, so it’s really just an issue of people not knowing that collection exists,” said Lowe.
It was historically a closed collection – meaning a librarian had to pull a record for someone to borrow. On several covers, ‘date due’ stickers indicate the popularity of borrowing vinyl back in the 80s and 90s.

But Lowe says, many of the records have not been touched in decades. “It’s a nice way for people to share the history of music. How music has been enjoyed over time. There’s such a romanticized notion of vinyl and it’s really an object of nostalgia for people,” she said.

Next Thursday, the library is having a party and sale to celebrate the collection.

Albums will be sold for $2 each. Among the 38,000 pieces, the library has multiples of many records (in some cases, as many as eight copies), so they see it as a way to clear space for new material. Lowe says they’ll keep at least one copy of each album currently in house.

At the sale, the library will also unveil its browseable record collection – making access to vinyl easier than ever for library patrons.

“We’re bringing the popular music, rock and jazz out on the floor so people will be able to see just exactly what the great things are that we have,” said Lowe.
Lowe points out that many artists today will only produce hard copies of albums on vinyl, so her hope is to grow the collection with new music.

This fall, the Central Library turns 33 1/3rd years old (and as vinyl lovers know, 33 1/3rd is the approximate number of revolutions on an LP).

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the public can browse the sale while enjoying a cash bar and DJ.

Members of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library (you can join for $25) will be able to access the sale early. Proceeds go back to the Fine Arts Division.

“A lot of libraries, in the 1990s and early 2000s just got rid of their collections wholesale, so we luckily held on to ours. It’s still intact and ready for people to use it,” Lowe said.

Guide to Starting a Business

New business owners should always seek the guidance of a professional tax consultant, accountant, and/or attorney to review that all legal requirements are met prior to operating a business. However, these five steps will help you get started.

Step 1: Business Structure and Name
Determine the legal structure of the business and properly file the business name with the state and/or county.

Step 2: Business Tax Responsibilities
Determine the potential tax responsibilities of the new business on the federal, state, and local levels.

Step 3: Business Licenses and Permits by Business Type
Determine necessary licenses, permits, certifications, registrations, and/or authorizations for a specific business on the federal, state, and local levels.

A permit may also be required for filming on certain locations, including city or state properties. The Texas Film Commission’s location department can help you determine whether a permit is needed for your production.

Step 4: Business Employer Requirements
Determine federal and state employer requirements. There are various laws relating to employment of personnel, including Texas Child Labor Laws.

Step 5: Familiarize Yourself with Laws Relevant to the field Pertaining To Your Business
New business owners should be aware of the Texas laws that relate to their particular field.

NOTE: Portions of the above information are from the Texas Economic Development Corporation.
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It’s official. We’re having twins! After many consecutive years of sell-out crowds, the festival is doubling down to accommodate more fans next October! Next year, The Austin City Limits Music Festival will showcase back-to-back offerings of the same great lineup of music, art, local food and activities to Zilker Park. Mark your calendars NOW for Weekend One happening October 4-6, 2013 and Weekend Two happening October 11-13, 2013!

Once again, our Official ACL Festival E-list gets first crack at the Early Bird Passes for both Weekend One and Weekend Two. On Monday, October 22 we will be sending an e-mail asking you to verify your e-mail address. Not on the E-list? You better sign up by the end of the week to be eligible!

Click the “Verify” Button in the e-mail before 11:59PM CT on Friday, October 26 and you will be eligible for the Early Bird on-sale. We will send you a unique passcode to your verified e-mail address on Monday, October 29 to use during the on-sale, which will take place on Tuesday, October 30.


You already know that ACL Fest will be bringing the music to Austin for two consecutive weekends next month, but did you also know that there are a handful of other exciting events and conferences taking place at the same time in our bustling city?

**Address: Zilker Park Austin, Texas, USA


Lawyer and Accountant Referral

TALA matches low-income artists and small budget arts nonprofits with volunteer attorneys and accountants to assist with arts-related legal and financial matters.


Legal Services for Artists and Arts Nonprofits Include:

  • Non-Profit Arts Organization Incorporation
  • Contract Drafting, Negotiation and Review
  • Estate Planning for Artists
  • Copyright
  • Trademark
  • IP Licensing
  • Arts-Related Landlord/Tenant Issues
  • Demand Letters
  • Dispute Resolution / Arts Mediation

Accounting Services for Artists and Arts Nonprofits Include:

  • Financial Reviews
  • Chart of Accounts
  • Financial Statements
  • Annual Budgets
  • Application for tax exempt status
  • Form 990
  • Employment Taxes