Mudcat Café message #158569 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #16566   Message #158569
Posted By: arkie
05-Jan-00 - 05:32 PM
Thread Name: 'Should auld copyrights be forgot ?'
Subject: RE: BS: 'Should auld copyrights be forgot ?'
The copyright issue gets hashed and rehashed and the still nothing constructive will be done as long as the music industry sets its own rules and makes it own laws. The creative artist should get some financial reward when their work makes money. Publishers should be rewarded for their investment. What is happening now is that copyright payments are weighted toward charted mainstream, top selling music, meaning folk, bluegrass, and other artists who rely on independent recording sales and live performances collect little or nothing for their creative effort. All of the fees collected from live performances goes into the coffers of the collecting agency. Zip is shared with the writer. The extension of the copyright simply means that more artistic treasures will locked away in vaults until someone figures a way to profit from them. When my company asked if we could just pay for what we used, we were told no. We had to essentially pay for music we would never use. Practically everything done in our theater was traditional music. Yet we were required to pay a fee for the top forty. If folk, bluegrass, and other alternate music writers are ever going to collect a fair payment, some major changes need to be made in the way copyright fees are assessed.