Musicians are definitely interested in using the Internet to reach their audience. That was the clear message I got at the Copyright Tutorial for Musicians that Public Knowledge hosted in New York City recently. Sherwin and I gave the presentation at the tutorial, which was designed to give musicians an overview of copyright law and policy. The event was co-sponsored by the New York City based Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
Questions and concerns at the event largely centered on use of technology to get music to fans. Some in the audience were curious about how copyright law viewed peer-to-peer file sharing. Many attendees wanted to know how they could use others' music in mash-ups or covers. The musicians' attitude towards technology was a refreshing change from the complaints one constantly hears in Washington D.C. about how digital technology facilitates greater piracy and content owners deserve greater control over means of distribution.
PK's publication “Copyright Tutorial for Musicians” on which the presentation at New York City was based is available here.