Artists Battle Over Control Of Their Music With Record Companies

[photogallerylink id=64909 align=right]In 1978, a law went into effect that promised to wrestle control of recordings out of the hands of the record companies and back into the hands of the musicians that recorded them.  The copyright law was to go into effect 35 years later, so a wave of artists will regain control of their legacy from the record companies in 2013.  Find out who will benefit, and see what Don Henley had to say!

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Don Henley admits that while he wasn’t aware of his contractual obligations in the ’70s, “For artists like the Eagles and others who have sold millions upon millions of records and made millions in profits for the record companies, those artists should get their creations back.”

Henley explains, “It’s very simple: we created them, we paid for them– why aren’t they ours?”  Don objects, “The record companies claim ownership and authorship, which is one of the absurd things in a recording contract.”

Among the gigantic releases in ’78 that record companies will lose ownership of include Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Dawn, Bob Dylan’s Street-Legal, and Billy Joel’s 52nd Street.


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