29 June 2006

Score: Billy Bragg 1, Rupert Murdoch 0

Billy Bragg rules. Remember the whole MySpace owns your music thing? Well, Mr. Bragg took on MySpace over this notion - have a look at the results:

"I am very pleased to see that MySpace have changed their terms of agreement from a declaration of their rights into a declaration of our rights as artists, making it clear that, as creators, we retain ownership of our material. Having been adopted by the biggest social networking site on the block, I hope their recognition of the right of the artist to be sole exploiter of their own material now becomes an industry standard because there is much more at stake here than just the terms and conditions of a website.

In the past, songwriters and performers needed a record company to manufacture, market and distribute their work, and in exchange for that, the company expected to own the rights to exploit the recordings for as long as the material was capable of earning royalties - life of copyright in legalese which currently means 50 years."
Read the rest HERE.

3 comments:

bethanne said...

that is fucking awesome!

maybe my band - once it gets a name - will have a myspace page after all....

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