By being one of the few labels to mention a position on iCloud either way, we’ve inadvertently become one of the talking heads in the story. While we haven’t stopped doing what we actually do (unearth and thoroughly explore obscure music) we have taken short breaks in the busy workday to comment on the unfolding story. Here’s a thoughtful entry from Todd Martens at Los Angeles Times. He frames the conversation in very reasonable terms here.
One thing we’d like to point out is that our concern is not without precedent. Owners of streaming internet radio faced a problem a few years ago when the performance royalties for streaming were retroactively increased and altered. To make clear the parallel, record labels and some independent performers (those who are recordings songs they don’t own the rights to, whether they wrote them or not) are also beholden to copyright owners the same way that internet radio “broadcasters” are. You can revisit some of those issues here.
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