The Digital Millennium Copyright Act

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Biography of Christopher Sabec: Part III

Christopher Sabec Gary HeartChristopher Sabec’s love of music and concerts took root in school projects. The first live concert he attended was Heart and he was immediately hooked. Starting with the first summer that he could drive, and throughout his high school years, he subscribed to the concert series at the local amphitheater for a pair of lawn tickets and attended every concert he could make time for including Tom Petty, Neil Young, the Cars, Pat Benatar, The Tubes, Journey, The Who, Rush, The Police, The Go-Gos, Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen.

Academically, Christopher was a strong student in high school, gravitating towards English and social sciences. His parents generously made it known from an early age that they were more than happy to send him to college. The question for him was never whether he would go to college, but where – his goal being to find a place where he could focus on his strong political interests. As he completed the application his senior year, the choice came down to the University of Virginia or Georgetown University.

He entered Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in the fall of 1983, majoring in International Affairs and minoring in Theology. The School of Foreign Service is an undergraduate school dedicated to preparing its students for internationally oriented careers, with an emphasis on diplomacy. Not surprisingly, the Washington, D.C. campus ended up being the ideal environment for his interest in politics to grow and much of his education came outside the classroom.

Early in his first year, he has the opportunity to hear Gary Hart speak. At the time, Heart was a Senator from Colorado and long shot presidential candidate. Hart’s speech inspired Christopher and he found himself volunteering to help with his campaign. By winter break, he was working every day at Heart’s cramped campaign headquarters above a Chinese restaurant near the Capitol. Within a few weeks Christopher ventured to New Hampshire, campaigning door-to-door for the primary, which Heart went on to win in an upset over Walter Mondale. With the win came a lot of national exposure and the campaign eventually came down to a two-man race between Hart and Mondale. Christopher soon found himself working directly under Heart’s fundraising chief, as well as coordinating the field in Virginia. On the fundraising side, Christopher spent a great deal of time organizing a series of cocktail parties and concerts hosted by Stephen King and Carole King. Billed as A Night with Two Kings, these events successfully introduced Hart to political donors across the county. Back in Virginia, Christopher was elected a delegate to the Virginia State Democratic Convention. He was 19 at the time and one of the youngest delegates at the convention.

Common Lies Told About Today’s Music Industry

Christopher Sabec Music Industry liesDigital Music News comes to us with the biggest lies told about today’s music industry. With the rise of technology, the music industry has certainly changed, but there are many rumors spreading about that are simply not true.

The first lie is that great music will organically find its fit in the music industry. Great music is only part of being successful in the music industry. Many great songs vanish into obscurity, as there is little financing or marketing behind these songs. Today, popular music is lead by the big record labels who are able to reach the most amount of people.

Another lie spreading around the music industry is that major record labels will eventually die. Although there are more niche artists than before, major record labels are still controlling the popular music and the money. These major record labels are perfecting the art of building and maintaining their artists careers.

Selling digital music is better for revenue than the physical product. This is false. Digital sales volumes are at an all-time low. Artists who are able to sell CDs and vinyl are able to make more money than by selling online. Japan, for example, is currently has the biggest market for recorded music thanks to their strong physical music sales.

There is a half-lie on this list as well. Many people believe that all the money in music is in touring these days. While this can be true for artists like Pretty Lights and other EDM artists, this is not the case for most artists. Most artists are struggling on the road and have to cut their careers because it simply is not worth the money. There is no middle class in music. The music industry today is split into rich artists and starving artists.

The article ends with the presumed lie that streaming is the future of music. This is tough to tell since most of the streaming websites are finding trouble in obtaining profits. YouTube has been giving away music for free, which could be the future of music.

To see the rest of the lies in the music industry, take a look at Christopher’s slideshare below:

The Life of Christopher Sabec Part 1

Christopher Sabec Simon & GarfunkelFor Christopher Sabec, 1992 was the year that his passion for music and his education as an attorney converged. Until then, he was busy pursuing his calling in politics and international law, turning to the magic of music primarily as a source of entertainment. At the age of 28, however, a series of fortuitous opportunities in the music business presented themselves to him, forever altering the course of his career and his life goals.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia on December 10, 1964, her was the second of two sons. His father was a Naval officer and his mother was a realtor. After his birth, his family moved to Midway, an island in the Pacific halfway between Hawaii and the Philippines. Two years later, his father was transferred to Washington, D.C. It was there that he experienced one of his earliest memories. Just shy of his third birthday, he was walking hand-in-hand with his babysitter, balancing along a railroad track. They were singing along to Simon & Garfunkel’s 59th Street Bridge Song crackling over the transistor radio that was hanging from her wrist. It’s a vivid memory of his to this day.

Fortunately, by the time he began school, his father had retired and they moved permanently to Fairfax, Virginia, a suburb of Washington D.C. His father’s retirement allowed Christopher to avoid all of the moves usually associated with being in a military family. He attended parochial school until eighth grade, then public high school. A main interest throughout his childhood was his fascination with current events. At a young age, Christopher watched the news and was aware of the political process; he clearly remembers the 1972 primary season and conventions, as well as the resulting Watergate hearings. In school, this interest played itself out in student government. Christopher Sabec ran for office every time he had the opportunity, holding various elected positions along the way. In his senior year of high school, he was elected president of the student body and successfully ran for a sear on the Fairfax County School Board. His position on the board was an incredible learning experience. He represented the interests of over 125,000 students and participated in the board’s discussions and debates involving curriculum issues and appropriations for a budget exceeding $450 million.

To be continued…