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[FYI] (Fwd) Stars, Music Trade Group Face Off Over Copyright

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Date sent:      	Thu, 1 Jun 2000 18:11:34 -1000
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From:           	Jane Tate <janetate@HAWAII.RR.COM>
Subject:        	Stars, Music Trade Group Face Off Over Copyright

Just wondering what the consensus is on this issue:

>>Stars, Music Trade Group Face Off Over Copyright
May 25, 2000 7:13 pm EST

By Sue Zeidler
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A coalition of musical stars, headed by
singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, on Thursday launched a campaign against
a change to copyright law that bars artists from reclaiming rights to
master recordings after 35 years -- a move they say could cost them
millions of dollars. Crow testified on Thursday in front of the House
Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property against the
change initiated last year by the Recording Industry Association of
America (RIAA) that designated all sound recordings as "works for
hire." Under the law, a "work for hire" is considered the property of
the employer -- the record company -- and not the artist, preventing
artists from reclaiming their copyrights 35 years after recordings are
made. Crow and other artists such as Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffett, Don
Henley feel strongly they are entitled to recapture the ownership of
their copyrights.<< <snip>

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