View Full Version : Copyright Time Bomb

01-06-2010, 08:39 PM
As if the labels weren't bleeding to death already. In 2013 they will have to return many copyrights back to the artists.


This weeks sound opinions has a very interesting discussion on the matter and what this means for the labels, bands and the industry as a whole.

Here's a blurb and a link.

They talk to Wired writer Eliot Van Buskirk about his recent piece on the “Copyright Time Bomb.” As Eliot explains to Jim and Greg, the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 poses a new threat to the major label system. Songs copyrighted after 1978 can be terminated by the author in 2013 (1979 in 2014, etc.) That means that if a musician sold his or her work to a label after 1978, they can choose to take it back and manage it independently in the next decade. Many labels rely on back cataloge revenue, so this will be a big hit to them. In addition, it may be another reason an artist chooses to go it independently and without a label.

If you care the show also includes Jim and Greg's mix tapes of the decade as well and they are downloadable in the link.


Greg Kot’s Mixtape of the Decade
Launch Greg's Mixtape
1. The Strokes, “The Modern Age”
2. LCD Soundsystem, “Tribulations”
3. Art Brut, “Formed a Band”
4. Girl Talk, “Play Your Part (Pt. 1)
5. Screaming Females, “Bell”
6. Arcade Fire, “Wake Up”
7. Fiona Apple, “Not About Love”
8. Outkast, “Bombs Over Baghdad”
9. Rhymefest, “Bullet”
10. Legendary K.O., “George Bush…”
11. Kanye West, “Jesus Walks”
12. Gnarls Barkley, “Crazy”
13. DJ Danger Mouse, “December 4th”
14. Santogold, “L.E.S. Artistes”
15. M.I.A., “Bucky Done Gone”
16. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Maps”

Jim DeRogatis’ Mixtape of the Decade
Launch Jim's Mixtape
1. D’Angelo, “Devil’s Pie”
2. Common, “The Light”
3. Wilco, “War on War”
4. The Strokes, “The Modern Age”
5. The Flaming Lips, “Do You Realize”
6. Beck, “The Golden Age,”
7. Outkast, “Hey Ya”
8. Grandaddy, “Yeah Is What We Had”
9. Kanye West, “Jesus Walks”
10. Green Day, “American Idiot”
11. Common, “Testify”
12. LCD Soundsystem, “Daft Punk Is Playing at My House”
13. Art Brut, “Formed a Band”
14. Lily Allen, “Smile”
15. Grinderman, “No Pussy Blues”
16. Glenn Mercer, “Days to Come”
17. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, “We Call Upon the Author”
18. David Byrne and Brian Eno, “The River”
19. Ida Maria, “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked”
20. Neko Case, “People Got A Lotta Nerve”