America is one of the only countries in the world that does not pay artists for the analog public performance of recordings. This means that radio doesn’t pay artists. All those times radio played Aretha Franklin’s “RESPECT”? Not a penny to the artist.
This is what the #irespectmusic petition campaign is all about, so don’t forget to sign the petition!
MusicFirst is another leader in the struggle and organized a great event in DC this week as reported by Emmanuel Legrand in MusicWeek
“The first amendment gives us the freedom of speech and also says that all Americans have the right to petition the government for addressing grievances,” said songwriter, performer and producer T Bone Burnett during a press conference held in one of the Congress buildings. “That’s why were are here today, as creators and artists petitioning our government demanding changes in our music economy that is not working something that is not working, petitioning this Congress to step up and update these obsolete laws that have made such chaos on the business side of music.”What is not working, according to artists present is the absence in US copyright law of a remuneration for artists, musicians and record labels when radio station play music over terrestrial networks. The artists also pressed Congress to “fix” the safe harbours provisions in the 1998 DMCA legislation.