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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Techdirt reminded me of a question I’ve often had about royalty collection agencies… Especially not-for-profit ones. If all these licenses are being paid to one central agency, surely they should be spending some money to make sure that those people who have earned it get it.
When the onus is on the artist to track down every agency that possibly collects funds I am not surprised that royalties get missed or forgotten.
And once again… the artist loses out.
Geez, how do we manage to exist in this climate?