There is online outrage circulating facebook and the internet at the moment at this story. This story confirms so many of our fears about the music industry or any situation where big business meets the little guy… what happens? The little guy gets squished. Many people have discussed the necessity of knowing the industry that you are in, this of course has been expressed in less understanding words. I agree with this on some level, but the responsibility that comes with knowledge about how an industry works should be used to foster talent, not churn up and spit out people like a hamburger factory. In this situation, people don’t get the straight story from big business, and this… no matter what his knowledge, is unfair.
Another example of famous artists who are realising how labels short change them of royalties and are making some noise about it.
This type of case is notoriously difficult to prove even though many musicians at least have an inkling that it is taking place.
Best of luck to Cher as she attacks this.
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Royalty agencies have been having their way for years. And now it seems that we’re seeing more stories coming out about the shady tactics and underhanded systems put in place to maximise their profits and limit the money sent to artists.
Here’s another example this time from Germany of a collection agency interfering with royalty payments and stopping musicians from do what they want with their music.
Seems like all the love musicians have for composing is all we have left. The rest is just an incredible uphill battle.