Have you guys seen this? I never respond to things like this as I just assume they're all hoaxes passed around by gullible people but there are some facts behind this one (maybe) and the ramifications of it could be rather far-reaching and disturbing. It's making the rounds via MySpace postings and given the impact it could have on bands I figured I'd post it up. If it turns out to be BS, I'll let you know. Check it:
From a bulletin from Billy Bragg's MySpace Page (http://www.myspace.com/billybragg):Hmmm. Maybe it's just an ad campaign for Billy Bragg (doubtful). I really hope this doesn't hold true and thus cause artists to remove songs from MySpace.
Someone who we work with was bright enough to read the small print of the MySpace terms and conditions and found that once an artist posts up any content (including songs), it then belongs to My Space (AKA Rupert Murdoch) and they can do what they want with it, throughout the world without payng the artist. Because of this we've had to take all of Billy's songs down. I'm working on getting small clips put up instead, but in the meantime please visit www.billybragg.com to listen to and download songs.
Below is the offending clause. We are hoping to start a small revolution (in true Bragg style) to try and put a stop to this. You can do your bit by posting out a bulletin to all your friends, esp artists, and badgering Tom with e-mails letting him know how unfair this clause is (not least because you can't hear Billy on here anymore!).
Thanks for your help and support. The amazing thing about My Space is how fast we can all communicate so if we all do our bit we should be able to change this.
Sarah, Bragg Office xx
TERMS: (as of 17th March 2006)
> By displaying or publishing ("posting") any Content, messages, text,
> files, images, photos, video, sounds, profiles, works of authorship,
> or any other materials (collectively, "Content") on or through the
> Services, you hereby grant to MySpace.com, a non-exclusive, fully-
> paid and royalty-free, worldwide license (with the right to
> sublicense through unlimited levels of sublicensees) to use, copy,
> modify, adapt, translate, publicly perform, publicly display, store,
> reproduce, transmit, and distribute such Content on and through the
> Services. This license will terminate at the time you remove such
> Content from the Services. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a back-up
> or residual copy of the Content posted by you may remain on the
> MySpace.com servers after you have removed the Content from the
> Services, and MySpace.com retains the rights to those copies.
> Important Update - May 3rd,2006 It looks as if the terms have changed
> yet again. New Terms dated 1st May 2006 have removed all reference to
> their clause to retain back-up copies. I hope this is a step in the
> right direction.