Young N Respect Music

Music artists in today’s day and age face a lot of different problems. Within the music industry, many artists are not getting paid for the music that they create because of all of the digital technology that is available today. 
  
An event is being attended today by Young N Reckless Music designed to raise awareness on artist rights within the music industry. There is a significant lack of information and awareness that is resulting in problems throughout the world. If this situation isn't addressed it is going to have a negative impact on the music people still love to listen to.
  
There is a bill that is being pushed into Capitol Hill, known as Respecting Senior Performers as Essential Cultural Treasures Act, abbreviated simply as Respect Act. There is outdated copyright law right now, which allows radio services like  Pandora, Sirius  to make money off of legendary musicians, such as the Motown classics, without having to pay royalties. The act would ensure that digital radio services have to pay royalties to all classic artists who recorded music prior to 1972. 
  
Think about all of the songs that you love that are still being played on the radio that came out before 1972. In addition to the Motown classics, you also have Otis Redding, Gene Chandler, Richie Furay, and many more. 
  
Perhaps one of the most impressive accounts is that of Karla Redding, the daughter of Otis Redding. He died at the age of 26 and had a large catalog of music, much of which still spans the generations and is heard on the radio. She made a personal case about the unpaid royalties, defining and 90% drop in income. She feels it is only fair for Otis Redding’s estate to be compensated for all of his hard work. 
  
Here’s another interesting problem, which is explained significantly on the BMI site. Radio airplay is defined as a public performance, and generates what is known as performance royalties, but only for songwriters, which is in turn obtained by the PROs. However, terrestrial broadcasters, such as AM and FM stations, in the United States do not pay performance or the sound recording copyright owners for the public performance. The only people who are paid are the songwriters. 
  
For example if you listen to a popular song, such as one from Britney Spears, “Baby One More Time,” the only person who is getting paid is Max Martin as well as his publisher. Spears does not receive any royalties. This means that each time the song is played, the songwriter receives royalties, but not the performer. 
  
The good news is that many performers will often write their own songs, and then they are of course entitled to their share of the royalties. However, some of the greatest hits across the radio stations are not written by the performer. This means that only the songwriter is making money. 
 
If these issues don’t get addressed, it’s going to impact the music industry because there are going to be many performers/songwriters that simply walk away. There are a number of representatives that are sponsoring the bill, which proves to be good news. As democratic representative Ted Deutch from Florida explains, the pre-1972 distinction doesn’t mean anything to anyone. It doesn’t mean anything to the artist, the music fans, and therefore it shouldn't mean anything for the digital music services, either. 
  
If H.R 4772 passes, it’s going to mean artists will start being paid royalties for the recordings similar to the way that current artists are being paid. This will allow legacy artists as well as their songs to be protected under federal law. It is also going to mean major digital streaming services will have to start paying a lot more than they do now. It is currently estimated that they have lost out on more than $60 million worth of royalties only for the past 12 months, and these oldies but goodies make up approximately 15% of total airplay for the digital services. 
  
More and more artists are joining the cause, speaking up, and educating people on what is going on within the music industry. The upcoming event should be an eye-opener for everyone.

The Respect Act is currently sitting on Capitol Hill, and has a wide range of backers, both Democrat and Republican. Cosponsors of the bill include:

Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-13]   Rep. Coble, Howard [R-NC-6]   Rep. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7]   Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27]   
Rep. Cooper, Jim [D-TN-5]   Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-21]   Rep. Gohmert, Louie [R-TX-1]   Rep. Jeffries, Hakeem S. [D-NY-8] 
Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7]   Rep. Rangel, Charles B. [D-NY-13]   Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47]  Rep. Collins, Doug [R-GA-9]Rep. Rooney, Thomas J. [R-FL-17]   Rep. Fincher, Stephen Lee [R-TN-8]   Rep. Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6]   Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6]
Rep. Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-28]

 

30 comments

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    That's a shame. Is it affected also by subscriptions to sites such as Spotify, Pandora or IHeart Radio? We have a family subscription that we pay monthly to Spotify. And I know a lot of people who use Pandora and IHeart.....and I know unions are usually ill-advised, but is this something they can also get into? Or something like it?

    That's a shame. Is it affected also by subscriptions to sites such as Spotify, Pandora or IHeart Radio? We have a family subscription that we pay monthly to Spotify. And I know a lot of people who use Pandora and IHeart.....and I know unions are usually ill-advised, but is this something they can also get into? Or something like it?

  • Cristina

    Cristina Phoenix

    This is very interesting! It's a shame that so many hard working artists are not being given the credit/compensation that they're rightfully entitled to, but I do admire your work, and others', to try and change that. No matter what your job is, the work you do is the work you deserve to be recognized for!

    This is very interesting! It's a shame that so many hard working artists are not being given the credit/compensation that they're rightfully entitled to, but I do admire your work, and others', to try and change that. No matter what your job is, the work you do is the work you deserve to be recognized for!

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    That isn't good. But, on the other side, to be honest the artist should have not been so quick to sign on without going over every letter on their contract. The saying, "You reap what you sow" comes to mind. It is bad for the older artists, but a rule of thumb is look out only for yourself. If you do not understand something, certainly don't sign anything. That is why there are guilds that they register with....to protect what THEY create. And if they signed as ONLY a performer, well....

    That isn't good. But, on the other side, to be honest the artist should have not been so quick to sign on without going
    over every letter on their contract. The saying, "You reap what you sow" comes to mind. It is bad for the older artists,
    but a rule of thumb is look out only for yourself. If you do not understand something, certainly don't sign anything. That
    is why there are guilds that they register with....to protect what THEY create. And if they signed as ONLY a performer, well....

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    I never liked Pandora or Sirius....I buy my music to own, and hopefully the artists are getting the royalties from that.

    I never liked Pandora or Sirius....I buy my music to own, and hopefully the artists are getting the royalties from that.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    I'm all for artists getting paid for what they've created. BUT, if they signed (or sign) giving up their rights to the ownership of the music, I really don't see how this can help them. As Brandon stated, sign only what you understand and look out for yourself. If they sign any paperwork without completely reading and understanding what it says, then this will be kind of pointless. So many artists see the big money and fame, that they blindly sign away their talent.....and the fault is all theirs. Will definitely be following this story....be interested in how it all turns out.

    I'm all for artists getting paid for what they've created. BUT, if they signed (or sign) giving up their rights to the ownership of the music, I really don't see how this can help them. As Brandon stated, sign only what you understand and look out for yourself. If they sign any paperwork without completely reading and understanding what it says, then this will be kind of pointless. So many artists see the big money and fame, that they blindly sign away their talent.....and the fault is all theirs. Will definitely be following this story....be interested in how it all turns out.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    I have friends who are up and coming in the music industry (local, for now), but as they are the writers AND perfomers, this will never be an issue for them...it'll just put more money into thir pockets. And we all know that a lot of the songs back then were written by someone else....and it is a mess. I hope for the classic artists that it CAN get straightened out. Who doesn't love the oldies? I grew up listening to it with my parents and still listen to them. Businesses across the board are known for taking advantage of the "little people". "It is currently estimated that they have lost out on more than $60 million worth of royalties only for the past 12 months, and these oldies but goodies make up approximately 15% of total airplay for the digital services." Ouch!

    I have friends who are up and coming in the music industry (local, for now), but as they are the writers AND perfomers, this will never be an issue for them...it'll just put more money into thir pockets. And we all know that a lot of the songs back then were written by someone else....and it is a mess. I hope for the classic artists that it CAN get straightened out. Who doesn't love the oldies? I grew up listening to it with my parents and still listen to them. Businesses across the board are known for taking advantage of the "little people". "It is currently estimated that they have lost out on more than $60 million worth of royalties only for the past 12 months, and these oldies but goodies make up approximately 15% of total airplay for the digital services." Ouch!

  • Jacob

    Jacob San Francisco

    Brandon with all due respect I believe you are missing the point. This has nothing to do with artist not reading contracts although that is another topic to discuss in itself. The issue being addressed here is the loop holes within the copyright law that allows companies such as Pandora, Spotify and now Apple to stream songs recorded prior to 1972 without having to pay the entitled royalties due to the artist. Think of how beautiful and powerful the song A Change Gone Come by Sam Cooke is and what it did to help break barriers and improve race relations with all the turmoil of the 60's. Should not his estate benefit from the millions of dollars generated through digital streaming that are collected? This needs to change now and it starts with us. It's going to take a community!! #RespectMusic Respecting Senior Performers as Essential Cultural Treasures Act or the RESPECT Act - Requires digital music services (certain services providing digital transmissions of music by Internet radio, cable, or satellite) that transmit sound recordings under the statutory license provided under federal copyright law to pay royalties for sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972, in the same manner as they pay royalties for sound recordings protected by federal copyright that are fixed after such date. (Currently, sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972, are governed by state laws and are not subject to federal copyright laws that require music services to pay a performance royalty for transmitting such recordings.)

    Brandon with all due respect I believe you are missing the point. This has nothing to do with artist not reading contracts although that is another topic to discuss in itself. The issue being addressed here is the loop holes within the copyright law that allows companies such as Pandora, Spotify and now Apple to stream songs recorded prior to 1972 without having to pay the entitled royalties due to the artist. Think of how beautiful and powerful the song A Change Gone Come by Sam Cooke is and what it did to help break barriers and improve race relations with all the turmoil of the 60's. Should not his estate benefit from the millions of dollars generated through digital streaming that are collected? This needs to change now and it starts with us. It's going to take a community!! #RespectMusic

    Respecting Senior Performers as Essential Cultural Treasures Act or the RESPECT Act - Requires digital music services (certain services providing digital transmissions of music by Internet radio, cable, or satellite) that transmit sound recordings under the statutory license provided under federal copyright law to pay royalties for sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972, in the same manner as they pay royalties for sound recordings protected by federal copyright that are fixed after such date. (Currently, sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972, are governed by state laws and are not subject to federal copyright laws that require music services to pay a performance royalty for transmitting such recordings.)

  • Matt

    Matt Seattle

    Wow much respect to Young N Reckless Music for sharing this information. You know plenty people always say knowledge is power and while that may be true it's only power if one is able to apply it. On another note I'm sure oldies are more than 15% of radio play that seems a bit on the low side! #RespectMusic

    Wow much respect to Young N Reckless Music for sharing this information. You know plenty people always say knowledge is power and while that may be true it's only power if one is able to apply it. On another note I'm sure oldies are more than 15% of radio play that seems a bit on the low side! #RespectMusic

  • Marissa

    Marissa Austin

    Do you realize how many classic songs were made before 1972?? You're All I Need To Get By, I Second That Emotion I Heard It Through The Grapevine I mean come on it's way too many to list I could go on forever. Most of these legendary artist were born way before 1972 so this bill needs to be passed like yesterday.

    Do you realize how many classic songs were made before 1972?? You're All I Need To Get By, I Second That Emotion I Heard It Through The Grapevine I mean come on it's way too many to list I could go on forever. Most of these legendary artist were born way before 1972 so this bill needs to be passed like yesterday.

  • Jack

    Jack

    I get the gripe. I would not want to go without being paid for something that I created. However, bills that are going to pass like this will ultimately just cost the consumer MORE money to get to hear what they want through programs like Surius or Pandora.

    I get the gripe. I would not want to go without being paid for something that I created. However, bills that are going to pass like this will ultimately just cost the consumer MORE money to get to hear what they want through programs like Surius or Pandora.

  • Julia Miller

    Julia Miller

    I like the fact that you are so passionate about the music industry to the roots. That says a lot about how educated you are on the topic and that puts a lot of power behind the words that you write.

    I like the fact that you are so passionate about the music industry to the roots. That says a lot about how educated you are on the topic and that puts a lot of power behind the words that you write.

  • karen

    karen

    I have no issue with who is getting paid. if the law says that songwriters are getting paid by the radio, they SHOULD be. They did not do anything but write, however, the performers are the ones making even more money the next time they sell out an arena for a show.

    I have no issue with who is getting paid. if the law says that songwriters are getting paid by the radio, they SHOULD be. They did not do anything but write, however, the performers are the ones making even more money the next time they sell out an arena for a show.

  • Big Joe

    Big Joe

    I have been writing songs for the country industry for some time. I have yet to feel that I have not be compensated properly to this point, however, I can understand how the creators BEFORE 1972 would feel.

    I have been writing songs for the country industry for some time. I have yet to feel that I have not be compensated properly to this point, however, I can understand how the creators BEFORE 1972 would feel.

  • Patrick G.

    Patrick G.

    [quote=Jack] I get the gripe. I would not want to go without being paid for something that I created. However, bills that are going to pass like this will ultimately just cost the consumer MORE money to get to hear what they want through programs like Surius or Pandora. [/quote] A crap load of songs were made before that. the bill is going to cost stations a lot more to play these songs and the consumer is going to have to foot the bill.

    Jack wrote:

    I get the gripe. I would not want to go without being paid for something that I created. However, bills that are going to pass like this will ultimately just cost the consumer MORE money to get to hear what they want through programs like Surius or Pandora.

    A crap load of songs were made before that. the bill is going to cost stations a lot more to play these songs and the consumer is going to have to foot the bill.

  • Todd Franklin

    Todd Franklin

    [quote=Piper] I never liked Pandora or Sirius....I buy my music to own, and hopefully the artists are getting the royalties from that. [/quote] Well, that is something that a lot of people still do, however, what is the difference if you do it digitally or buy a physical CD?

    Piper wrote:

    I never liked Pandora or Sirius....I buy my music to own, and hopefully the artists are getting the royalties from that.

    Well, that is something that a lot of people still do, however, what is the difference if you do it digitally or buy a physical CD?

  • Kevin Brown

    Kevin Brown

    Great post! I am on the same page that you are. Creators and performers should be paid for what they do and if it happened back in the day, the money needs to go somewhere. There is always an estate somewhere for those that have passed.

    Great post! I am on the same page that you are. Creators and performers should be paid for what they do and if it happened back in the day, the money needs to go somewhere. There is always an estate somewhere for those that have passed.

  • Justin Skilword

    Justin Skilword

    It comes down to doing the right thing. It is just too bad that pirating is not something that is going to get fixed anytime soon.

    It comes down to doing the right thing. It is just too bad that pirating is not something that is going to get fixed anytime soon.

  • Ashley Tinker

    Ashley Tinker

    Thanks for the internet, getting your music out there is much easier (as you know), but it has also given more people access to it to gain it without paying. It sounds like a double edged sword to me.

    Thanks for the internet, getting your music out there is much easier (as you know), but it has also given more people access to it to gain it without paying. It sounds like a double edged sword to me.

  • Wayne

    Wayne

    It does not really matter. For every person like yourself that wants to fight the good fight, there are two times more just sitting back like they do not care about the cause.

    It does not really matter. For every person like yourself that wants to fight the good fight, there are two times more just sitting back like they do not care about the cause.

  • Patty Willber

    Patty Willber

    I feel bad for those that work hard when writing, recording and producing songs that mean so much to people that really end up not even paying real money for them.

    I feel bad for those that work hard when writing, recording and producing songs that mean so much to people that really end up not even paying real money for them.

  • Reed S.

    Reed S.

    I am on your side man. This post means a lot to those of us that create music and you should know that the cause is there to fight for. Good luck!

    I am on your side man. This post means a lot to those of us that create music and you should know that the cause is there to fight for. Good luck!

  • Keith N.

    Keith N.

    Great post. You are really speaking to the cause that is very important for younger people coming up in the music world to learn about.

    Great post. You are really speaking to the cause that is very important for younger people coming up in the music world to learn about.

  • Mark T.

    Mark T.

    Thanks for sharing your perspective. You have the right idea. It might be a fight that is going to be hard going, but it is important when more people are discussing it.

    Thanks for sharing your perspective. You have the right idea. It might be a fight that is going to be hard going, but it is important when more people are discussing it.

  • Julius Irving

    Julius Irving

    When it comes to getting that money, there should be a law in effect that pays the musicians that we all looked up to back in the day. They worked even HARDER than we do these days to produce some of the long time classics that we all know.

    When it comes to getting that money, there should be a law in effect that pays the musicians that we all looked up to back in the day. They worked even HARDER than we do these days to produce some of the long time classics that we all know.

  • George W.

    George W.

    I like to listen to music. I tend to buy into subscription services because I cannot stand commercials or being forced to listen to songs I do not like. I feel that I am at least giving back somehow.

    I like to listen to music. I tend to buy into subscription services because I cannot stand commercials or being forced to listen to songs I do not like. I feel that I am at least giving back somehow.

  • Brenda

    Brenda

    I did not know that about the songwriters and the radio. That is a very good point that you are making, thanks for pointing that out!

    I did not know that about the songwriters and the radio. That is a very good point that you are making, thanks for pointing that out!

  • Larry Holland

    Larry Holland

    The entire industry is full of those that are looking for their piece of the pie. The best part is that they are all getting paid, they just want more pennies each time they hear the song on the radio. Is that right?

    The entire industry is full of those that are looking for their piece of the pie. The best part is that they are all getting paid, they just want more pennies each time they hear the song on the radio. Is that right?

  • Leslie Brooke

    Leslie Brooke

    I like the fact that things like Napster and Metallica really brought this type of issue to the front. Did music first hit the scene in 1995? Exactly.

    I like the fact that things like Napster and Metallica really brought this type of issue to the front. Did music first hit the scene in 1995? Exactly.

  • Brandon Jones

    Brandon Jones

    I tend to buy the music that want to listen to long term. Whether it is through an iTunes account or a subscription service. That is giving back to some degree, right?

    I tend to buy the music that want to listen to long term. Whether it is through an iTunes account or a subscription service. That is giving back to some degree, right?

  • Kelly

    Kelly Perth, Australia

    Very interesting post - I have to admit I didn't know any of this, and it really doesn't seem very fair. Everyone is just looking out for 'number one' and worried about how they can make money, I guess it's just the sad reality of it, and it's not just occurring in the music industry, it's occurring in all industries. Is it going to change? Probably not.

    Very interesting post - I have to admit I didn't know any of this, and it really doesn't seem very fair. Everyone is just looking out for 'number one' and worried about how they can make money, I guess it's just the sad reality of it, and it's not just occurring in the music industry, it's occurring in all industries. Is it going to change? Probably not.

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