(Sam Howard-Spink, left, speaks at SXSW Interactive; Photo credit: Phil Harvey)
On March 14th, Clinical Assistant Professor Sam Howard-Spink traveled to Austin, Texas as a featured panelist at the annual SXSW Interactive Festival. Each year the conference features “compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technologies… and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new digital works, video games, and innovative ideas the international community has to offer.”
Professor Howard-Spink presented as part of the panel “Neither Moguls nor Pirates: Grey Area Music Distribution,” which addressed digital copyright law, and media and music industry piracy claims. The panel’s description reads:
The debate surrounding music piracy versus the so-called collapse of the music industry has largely been bipolar, and yet so many other processes of music distribution have been developing. From online “sharity” communities that digitize obscure vinyl never released in digital format (a network of cultural preservation, one could argue), all the way to netlabels that could not care less about making money out of their releases, as well as “grime” networks made up of bedroom musicians constantly remixing each other, there is a vast wealth of possibilities driving music in the digital world. This panel will present key examples emerging from this “grey area”, and discuss future scenarios for music production and consumption that stand proudly outside the bipolar box.
In the course of the discussion, Professor Howard-Spink drew on his extensive research and expertise on international music industries, emerging networks and hybrid business models, and international intellectual property policies.
He also recently conitrbuted to FanBridge‘s guest blog post series “How to Leverage Email and Social Media at Large Events/Festivals,” in which he stressed artists to focus on putting on the best performances possible and to not simply rely on clever marketing to get people’s attention.