How The ’70s Majorly Screwed The Major Labels-by Jeff Price of TuneCore

Posted: September 1, 2011 in electronic music, Music Business
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By Jeff Price

Lava lamps, Happy Days, mood rings, MASH, and Jimmy Carter’s Playboy interview weren’t the only things to come out of the ’70s. In addition, copyright law was revised by the U.S. government granting artists and songwriters “termination rights.” This law states that 35 years after 1978 the recordings and songs “owned” by record labels or publishers would revert back to the artist or songwriter regardless of if the artist or songwriter was recouped, un-recouped, etc. In other words, the government said to the labels and publishers,“ 35 years is long enough. Times up, give them back control over their work.”

For those of you counting, 35 years from 1978 is 2013.

http://blog.tunecore.com/2011/09/how-the-70s-majorly-screwed-the-major-labels.html?utm_medium=email&ref=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=newseletter09_01_11

Don’t Hide Your Head In The Sand

By George Howard & Jeff Price

TuneCore artists have sold over 400 million songs over the past two years, generating over $300 million in artist and songwriter revenue.

Based on this, the idea that you can’t create a sustainable career on your own terms, without the backing of a label (major or otherwise) is empirically ludicrous.  No, not everyone will be able to do it, but the point is it is possible without a traditional label.  Anyone that says otherwise is wrong.

So, what’s the hold up?  What’s the excuse?

http://blog.tunecore.com/2011/09/dont-hide-your-head-in-the-sand.html?utm_medium=email&ref=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=newseletter09_29_11

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