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“Why Congress Should Pass The Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2017” By Rachel Stilwell

As recording artists, songwriters, producers, engineers, and music professionals return from meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week, now is a great time to review important issues challenging music creators.  This article is intended to provide music advocates with information that will be helpful when preparing for meetings or correspondence with lawmakers.... Read full article here....
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“Phone Recordings of Concerts Are More Than Just Annoying, They’re Potentially Illegal” Billboard Guest Post by Rachel Stilwell & Makenna Cox

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In the year preceding his untimely death, Prince forbade audience members from videotaping his live performances. Since then, artists such as Childish GambinoGuns 'N RosesAlicia Keys and The Lumineers each have required audience members to temporarily forfeit use of their mobile devices by placing them in locked pouches during their concerts. Fans may have mixed reactions to an artist banning video camera use during concerts, but most concert goers don’t realize that recording a live musical performance without the consent of the artist is illegal. Although artists usually have no interest in suing their fans, musicians actually have a legal right to expressly forbid audiences from recording their live performances. Musicians and fans have generally been unaware of such laws because...
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Rachel helps bring “GRAMMYs in My District” to Las Vegas

On October 26, 2016, Rachel helped lead a meeting between Congresswoman Dina Titus and a lively and articulate group of members of The Recording Academy from Las Vegas.  The group advocated for reforming copyright laws to help music creators get more fairly compensated for the use of their work. dsc_8690-edit   Pictured, from left top row: Dee Snider, Kaya Jones, Rep. Dina Titus, Al B. Sure!, Neil Crilly, Bobby Ferrari, Chris Cox, Al Ketter.  Bottom row, from left: Zoe Thrall, Rachel Stilwell, Charli Sure!, Kevin Churko. This was the first meeting ever between Rep. Titus and music creators.  During the meeting, we acknowledged Rep. Titus' impressive work as a published music historian.  Thank you to Zoe Thrall, director of Studio at the Palms, and Neil...
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Rachel’s Comment to the United States Copyright Office: How to Fix the DMCA Takedown “Whack-a-Mole” Scheme

I am an attorney who represents recording artists, songwriters, and producers of both film and music. One of my clients has won nine GRAMMY Awards and released over twenty-five albums over more than forty years. Another client is a musician who released several independently distributed albums; she is about to sign her first contract with a major record company. Other clients include a non-famous songwriter whose livelihood depends entirely on her ability to license the music that she writes. I also represent an independent filmmaker who spends his own money to create documentary films that tell compelling stories related to social injustice and race.  One thing that these creators have in common is that their livelihoods have been severely diminished by the impacts of online copyright infringement.... Read more here.  ...
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