California’s last call extension bill gets veto from governor

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A potentially transformative bill for California’s nightlife industry was vetoed on September 28 by Governor Jerry Brown. The “Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night Act” would have extended last call by two hours in nine cities across the state, offering individual areas control over curfews and closing times. Spearheaded by state Senator Scott Weiner, the bill cited the importance of California’s nightlife culture and economy and the limits that statewide regulations placed on them as the key factors.

Originally proposed in February of 2017, the act had already passed through the senate, reaching the last step on the Governors desk. It turns out final stop was the bill’s last.  “Without question, these two extra hours will result in more drinking,” Brown wrote in his veto message. “California’s laws regulating late night drinking have been on the books since 1913. I believe we have enough mischief from midnight to two without adding two more hours of mayhem.” The state’s nightlife industry has been a key contributor to its economy for decades, but the 2:00am curfew is often mentioned as a considerable downside compared to New York City’s 24-hour venues.

H/T: Sac Bee

The Music Modernization Act takes another step towards fair compensation for music curators

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The Music Modernization Act (MMA) has passed unanimously in the Senate Judiciary Committee, taking music creators a step closer to appropriate licensing and royalty rules for the streaming era. It now has to pass a full Senate vote before hitting the president’s desk.

The music copyright overhaul essentially partners Apple Music, Spotify, and publishers under a single licensing agency, streamlining the license management process. Songwriters and accredited artists will be paid out for songs recorded before 1972, while new rights will be granted to music producers and mixers. Older musicians who missed the streaming boom and studio engineers look to benefit here in the form of royalty checks coming their way if passed.

One of the most important facets of the bill is an overall standardization of payment rates between distribution services and rights-holders. It’s about time music law addressed the streaming industry because the current system is still set up for physical music copies.

Although the MMA has received criticism for its lack of consideration towards medium-sized business, most in the industry are in favor, seeing this as a long-awaited, financial organization of the current music landscape. D.I.Y. musicians, and musicians who own their own rights might still have trouble policing ineffective or inefficient licensing practices. More established artists, publishers, studio producers, and labels labels will benefit, giving them more time to focus on creating music and less time worrying about licensing and royalty structures. It’s a step in the right direction on this long trek towards fair compensation for music creators.

H/T: Rolling Stone

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New law to allow Ibiza council to regulate open air music venues

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Ibiza has developed its reputation as the ultimate party destination off of its infamous open air parties and clubs. However, the White Isle’s heritage might be at risk as a new law is imminent, which would allow municipalities to “regulate, determine or prohibit, in a reasonable manner, tourist activities.” This announcement comes just a week after the tourism board sought to ban alcohol on flights in and out of the much frequented tourist destination.

This new ruling may allow the Ibiza council to restrict any and all open air music gatherings — including festivals.  In the words of Ibiza’s director of tourism Vicente Torres, “It was very clear that the tourism law needed to be modified” especially since the “previously liberal law offered the opportunity for activities that are incompatible with the day-to-day life of an island that wants a sustainable kind of tourism.”

Thankfully this law is not retroactive, and will not be applicable to running establishments, but might prove to be a hindrance for new ventures.

H/T: DJMag

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Skrillex demands second opinion from doctors in the 2014 unresolved law suit

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In February 2014, Jennifer Fraissl sued über producer Skrillex when he dove from the stage into the crowd, allegedly striking the fan and triggering a stroke from the impact. In response, Skrillex is demanding that Fraissl undergoes a second psychiatric evaluation to determine her mental health state — however, she is not relenting to the superstar’s demands.

The law suit is still going, and currently Skrillex wants the proposed independent evaluation to determine the emotional impact caused by her claimed injuries. However, in documents obtained by TMZ, Jennifer says she’s refusing to go through the exam, especially because she already has with her own doctors.The judge will decide if she has to submit to further testing.

H/T: TMZ

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President Obama Signs Legislation Banning Online Ticket Scalpers

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President Obama has signed into law a piece of legislation that makes the use of online ticket-buying software a federal offense. The Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act of 2016 was passed by the Senate in November, and by the House last week, referring to the use of ticketing bots as “an unfair and deceptive practice” that violates the Federal Trade Commission Act.

As Consequence of Sound reports, ticketing bots are used to immediately purchase large quantities of tickets to music, sporting and entertainment events, which are then flipped for exorbitant prices on sites like Ticketmaster. The BOTS Act now allows the federal government to file civil suits against online scalpers on behalf of people who were unable to buy tickets.

According Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, the bill’s Republican sponsor, the BOTS Act will “level the playing field” for normal folks trying to buy tickets at face value.

 

Source: Consequence of Sound | Image: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

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Obama puts Better Online Ticket Sales Act (BOTS) on federal map

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President Barack Obama has signed the Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act of 2016, which now makes buying tickets for events and shows online with the use of software or bots, illegal. According to a statement from the White House Press Secretary, the law will “prohibit the circumvention of control measures used by Internet ticket

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Crackdown On Ticket Bots Means Jail Time In NYC

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You may be unfamiliar with what a Class A misdemeanor is, so let me give you a quick overview. Class A misdemeanor is the most serious misdemeanor in most states, which means someone who is convicted of one can face jail time and hefty fines.

On Monday, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo singed into law a bill that makes the use of ticket bots a class A misdemeanor. This means as of February 2017, scalpers who use ticket bots can be tried and convicted of class A misdemeanors in the state of New York, and possibly sentenced to jail time.

You may have experienced ticket bots when trying to be the first to buy tickets to an upcoming show or festival. Many times, all the tickets sell out within minutes. That’s thanks to ticket bots run by scalpers. Those scalpers then take those tickets and sell them in secondary markets at double or even triple the original price.

Cuomo, who’s had enough, said, “These unscrupulous speculators and their underhanded tactics have manipulated the marketplace and often leave New Yorkers and visitors alike with little choice but to buy tickets on the secondary market at an exorbitant mark-up,” a clear demonstration of his frustration and why he signed the bill.

A report came out that further demonstrated the abuse of the market by ticket bots, citing three brokers to be the purchasers of 140,000 tickets to New York shows between 2012 and 2014. This is the right step for New York in ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity to pay fair prices for shows they want to see. Hopefully other states take note and follow suit.

 

Source: Consequence of Sound

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