The MTP Podcast: Chris Castle Interviews Turtles Class Action Lawyer Henry Gradstein on the Case Against SiriusXM
MUST READ: Two Former U.S. Copyright Heads Defend Maria Pallante from Sacking by Rogue Librarian of Congress — Artist Rights Watch
Two former heads of the U.S. Copyright Office sent the following letter to the chairs of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees in sharp criticism of the abrupt and possibly actionable sacking of Maria Pallante, the former head of the U.S. Copyright Office. (The job title is “Register of Copyrights”.) The letter attaches a detailed explanation of the role of the Copyright Office and the office of the Register and is well worth the read.
Big congratulations to Flo & Eddie (aka The Turtles) and class counsel Henry Gradstein for a great settlement in their indie label class action against SiriusXM for pre-72 sound recordings. The settlement is a guaranteed $25 million payment against a 5.5% license for 10 years which is worth between $45.47 million to $59.2 million assuming Sirius continues to play the remaining class member’s recordings at the same play rate as the past.
Discussion has been going on for years now about the future of music under the impact of technology, especially computer downloads and streaming, and the subtraction of billions of dollars from every part of the music industry. I am offering some thoughts because it seems to me that a particular place is now being reached. The threat to professional music is becoming acute….
Whenever you listen to a streamed song, like it but don’t buy it, and instead stream it again – especially on YouTube – you are casting a vote for the future nonexistence of professional musicians.
Amazon Steals from Songwriters, Profits from Piracy and Reports Say It Plans on “Disrupting” the Ticket Business — Artist Rights Watch
“Our vision goes beyond just selling tickets as we aim to disrupt the entire live entertainment experience, including what happens before, during and after the show. The ticketing business is ripe for innovation and improvement, as much of the industry has not fundamentally changed since the 1970s”.
@edchristman: Commercial Radio Group Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights — Artist Rights Watch
With ASCAP and BMI still under unaltered consent decrees and SESAC agreeing to rate-setting arbitration in a 2015 settlement, the Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) is going for the grand slam with an antitrust lawsuit against boutique performance rights organization Global Music Rights.
I was always a huge Leonard Cohen fan both as an author (especially Beautiful Losers), songwriter and performer. Leonard’s songwriting highlights what is quintessentially good about great songwriters–they write songs that are the constants that echo through generations and upheavals, and great ones find their way into the groundwater. It’s an achievement to write one great song–Leonard did that over and over again.
The first time I met Leonard Cohen was backstage at Montreaux when I played there with Jesse Winchester. Leonard, Jesse and Gordon Lightfoot were all playing the show and the artists and bands got together for a drink after the gig. That was a pretty etherial experience. I also used to run into Leonard at Oscar’s Wine Bar near the old Chateau Marmont when I lived there for a while. I didn’t know him well, but he was a cool guy to hang with, unselfconscious with a kind of casual genius. I always thought there was something going on behind those eyes that washed into a pure pool of genuine genius from which reservoir he would quench his thirst down the line.
Many years later, A&M distributed the inspired Famous Blue Raincoat album duet with Jennifer Warnes on the Cypress label, and later still released Tower of Song, the tribute album that was the inspiration of David Anderle, the great A&R man. Tower of Song is an overlooked gem with a stellar lineup including Peter Gabriel, Don Henley, Bono, Billy Joel, Aaron Neville, Tori Amos and Willie Nelson. (Which I don’t believe has ever been released on vinyl and should be.) I’d also recommend that the next time you go to a Janita show that you ask her to perform her electrifying rendition of Hallelujah.
Leonard was an extraordinary talent as an author, songwriter and artist who inspired us all.