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|previous: Carl Z I'm somewhat hesitant to dive into ... -- 5/22/2000 11:54 PM||View Thread|
|5/23/2000 5:34 PM|
|Jay Doyle||Re: get with the program...|
"Apparently BMI or ASCAP recruited some companies to find "lost
royalties" from copyright and broadcast infrigment."
This is a legitimate and fair response. Every bar that plans on playing even
the radio needs to have a contract with both unions in order to play music
created by musicians within each union. It sucks that the bar owner got
sued and had to go out of business, but ignorance is not an excuse and he
should have researched this point. Look at it from the musicians side. You
spend your youth trying to remain true to your art and get a band together.
You bust ass for years before someone finally looks at you. In order to
achieve your dream you spend most of the time bent over kissing
corporate ass and bowing to their every whim, from adding another chorus
at the end (need to hear that sweet, sweet hook one more time) to what you
wear during your performance. After recording your album and selling it, if
you are really, really lucky you break even and don't owe the record
company anything, but then again you didn't make anything either. The two
ways you can make money are to tour without relying too heavily on the
record company to support the tour, and through the royalties off of "public
performances" of your recorded work. Now "public performances" means
every time a song of yours is played in a public establishment, whether it
be on the radio or by a cover band in a bar. This is only $.075 per time the
song is played. But at that point, every cent counts, because it is the only
money that the record company DOESN'T have a right to collect on (that is
unless you were stupid enough to sign it away in your record contract).
While it seems overly harsh to punish someone for just playing music, it is
also unfair for the proprietor of an establishment to provide non-original
entertainment and expect not to pay for it. The musicians do have a right to
get paid for their work.
ASCAP and BMI may seem to be extensions of "the industry" and at times
they are, but in the end they are looking out for the musicians. The
legalities of royalties may suck and at times the rules may punish those
who aren't deserving of the extent of the punishment; but without them the
musician has no recourse to protect and get paid for his art.
Remember that while most respected musician are in the music business
for their art over the money they receive, without the latter it is hard to keep
producing the former, unless you like to starve.
A working musicians point of view,
|John Stokes Hang on, Jay, isn't that double-dip... -- 5/23/2000 8:43 PM|
Carl Z Jay;