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And once these ass-hats come down on the guy so do the rest of them. Then it's not just one lisencing fee. From my understanding ASCAP doesn't own rights to all music. So now businesses are left to pay what? 1 or 2 other companies another fee? So Jay-Z and LMAFO can profit? Maybe I'm speaking from ignorance but these folks seem like exporters for self profit and the big artists stay rich. I never hear about how many small less known artists get help from these guys. Correct me if I'm wrong but ASCAP is a bunch of ass-hats coming down on the little guys. You can't play music in a cafe unless you pay these outrageous fees that small business can't afford and then you're out of business when they sue you. if they were keeping big venues in check I could understand that but these guys are being bullies and picking on the little guys.
Having managed a few places I know the rules and this guy hasn't a leg to stand on. He is out and out stealing from these artists for his own personal gain.
"We don't like to litigate," said a person who has the word "legal" in his job title. I think ASCAP's case is pretty strong here, but Mr. Wagener is being disingenuous at best with his "Aw shucks, what a shame we had to file several lawsuits" routine. Lawsuits are the reason why ASCAP employs him, and they're clearly a litigious organization. Let's call a spade a spade.
Great article, thank you! Looking forward to Very Clean III.
Why is it on the venue to get licensing rights and not the DJ who gets paid to play the songs?
But i don‘t understand why he would enter singing competitions such as American Idol and Superstar K?...
I was at Leo's the night Double Duchess performed and I was completely blown away. I didn't expect such as awesome act to open in a tiny club. They were so fabulous.
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YES! thank you for this piece! peace!
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@EM baker -
Thanks for this reply. I too was hurt by your comments. I was truly offering an olive branch to anyone who felt it might be helpful.
I fully understand how the article itself was hurtful. I'm really sorry. You're 110% right - the people who have busted their humps for little to no pay for the love and passion of the craft are suffering.
I think we're beginning to have a clearer understanding between us and I am sorry if my comments added to your injury. If you're interested, we can move our discussion to a private email.
I thank you for your honesty and reply - I hope you feel the same. Reach out anytime should you wish to continue this discussion.
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