So recently I found out that throughout Europe royalties for a song are paid not just to songwriters & publishers, but also to individual performers & producers when a song is played on the radio or television (performers & producers don’t get a cut in the USA). I’m torn on how I feel about that. I think on the one hand it increases the value of musical performances, but on the other hand it de-emphasizes the importance of writing. I mean, should session musicians get paid more than the band who tours & makes the song popular? If you’re going to say everyone who goes into making a song a hit that gets played on the radio for fifty years (especially as sales dwindle), should label owners & managers & publicity folks also get paid? What about the mixing engineer & the mastering engineer? It’s weird when you think about all the people involved in a record & who should really get to collect money the rest of their life for a piece of art. Maybe it’s an american thing or thinking of myself predominantly as a songwriter, but it seems to me like the songwriters are the ones who should make the money – that they are the artists & the rest of the folks are just hired hands. I don’t know, intellectual property laws have gotten pretty screwy as far as corporations being considered copyright owners & so copyright goes on forever & nothing ever falls into fair use. I’m starting to lean towards 50 years after authorship as a situation that would be more than fair.
I got to see the rough edit of the mead documentary & I think I might need to start shaving my head even closer to the scalp than I currently do. Which I suppose will make me look even more like Walter White (Breaking Bad). I just need to get some glasses.
I realize that a lot of folks who read this blog don’t regularly watch TV, so I thought I’d share this Geico ad that I dig lately.