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Re: May 1 Blackout at EarthLight Studios
I believe there is a misunderstanding here. This is not how I read it. I
believe the AFM is saying that, people should get used to the blackout
because without financial compensation, no one will write anymore.
I particularly point to this quote:
"Most recording musicians are not rich or glamorous," continued Lee. "What
they are is enormously talented and enormously under-compensated in
to the value of their work. For decades, musicians struggled to make a
decent living while commercial broadcasters built a hugely profitable
industry based on using their creations for free. Congress was right when
changed the law to ensure that the Internet streaming industry would not
built on the same faulty basis. Recording musicians need and deserve to be
paid when their work is exploited on the Web and that is what the recent
arbitration decision setting a digital performance royalty rate is really
What this does say is that the recording industry does have faults, and
the internet broadcasters will not recreate these faults. However, he
says that musicians need and deserve to be paid for their work when it is
used on the web.
To reinforce this, another direct quote:
"When the streaming pauses on May 1," urged Lee, "stop and think about
without musicians. Fifty percent of the new digital performance royalty
payments will go directly to musicians and vocalists. Without these new
income streams, recording musicians won't be able to afford to make the
wonderful recordings we all crave to hear."
Notice the last sentence.
So even though the AFM says the welcome this day of silence, please
that it may be sarcasm or for reasons contrary to why you are doing this.
May I remind you that I am not affiliated with the AFM anymore. If anyone
affiliated with them would help to clarify the issue, please feel free to.
I'm not saying you're wrong, and I recognize and fully understand your
reason to blackout. I just want to ensure that this debate has accurate
facts from BOTH sides.
>From: "Stephen P. Goodman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: May 1 Blackout at EarthLight Studios
>Date: Wed, 1 May 2002 15:00:43 +0100
>AFM Supports Blackout:
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Jeremy Sawruk" <email@example.com>
>Sent: Wednesday, May 01, 2002 12:48 PM
>Subject: RE: May 1 Blackout at EarthLight Studios
> > Then aren't you against recording artists, songwriters, composers, etc.
> > from receiving royalties? I believe broadcast is broadcast is
> > even if it is webcast. Therefore, we musicians should be compensated
> > just as we are in all other media.
> > Sorry you are against it, and I understand where you are coming from.
> > However, being a musician and composer who would like to benefit from
> > broadcast royalties, I for one am telling my representatives to vote
> > the CARP recommendations.
> > J. Sawruk
> > P.S. The American Federation of Musicians has send email (propaganda)
> > all its members requesting they support the CARP recommendations. I,
> > however, formed my conclusions prior to receiving this email.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Stephen P. Goodman [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> > Sent: Wednesday, 01 May, 2002 4:27
> > To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> > Subject: May 1 Blackout at EarthLight Studios
> > Hi Folks,
> > In alignment with webcasters, and against the pending considerations in
> > Washington about broadcast royalties that would drive all but the
> > out
> > of the business, EarthLight Studios has removed all music links from
> > site. For more information about this, go to
> > http://www.saveinternetradio.org - or contact your Congressman or
> > Senator,
> > and tell them to vote down the CARP recommendations.
> > Democracy has this problem: It requires participation! Thank you for
> > your
> > attention but mostly your help.
> > Stephen P. Goodman
> > EarthLight Productions
> > *
> > http://www.earthlight.net/Studios - The Free Loop of the Week (Not THIS
> > Week)!
> > http://www.earthlight.net/Gallery_Front.html - Cartoons!
> > http://www.earthlight.net/HiddenTrack.html - More Cartoons!
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