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posted by Sinome on May 30, 2009 at 7:14 PM | link to this | reply

I would amend it in a way the recording companies would not like at all
but repeals legislation which is in clear violation of the spirit, if not the letter of the Constitution.  You will perhaps recall from Constitutional Law 101, that copyrights and patents were introduced into "the law of the land":

"To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries"

You will note that publishers and employers are not mentioned there.  The economic reward was intended to go directly to the Authors (including composers, songwriters and performers) in the case of copyrights, and inventors in the case of patents.

What do we have instead?  "Work made for hire" provisions which deny authors and inventors their rights under the Constitution and hand those rights and the consequent economic benefit over to their "masters".  In the performance area, the master would be the recording companies, with their slaves being the artists and songwriters.

My amendment would thus be, in addition to repealing "work made for hire", the payment of all performance fees directly to the performers.


posted by cpklapper on May 30, 2009 at 4:55 AM | link to this | reply

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